Japan Asks World for Help with Fukishima

My country needs your knowledge and expertise.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has has asked the world to help clean up and contain the radiation leaks from the damaged Fukishima nuclear reactor. His entreaty comes two years after earthquakes rocked the east coast of Japan and resulted in a meltdown of the reactor.

Speaking at an international science conference on energy and the environment in Kyoto, Abe said,  “We are wide open to receive the most advanced knowledge from overseas to contain the problem. My country needs your knowledge and expertise.”

Abe’s call for help was spoken in the English language. It follows the most recent report of contaminated water spillage and the accidentally shutdown of the cooling system by a TEPCO employee. TEPCO, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, manages the plant.

An article on Fukishima in the International Business Times states that “there have been at least three major leaks in the last 30 days, with several metric tons of contaminated water seeping into the ground and running off into the ocean, and all of the accidents were results of sloppy mistakes, rather than mechanical failures.”

In the same article, a radiologist and commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said that TEPCO staff “lack even the most basic knowledge about radiation.”

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