Here is an excellent interview with former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who changed his position on nuclear power in lieu of the ever-so apparent damage, destruction and suffering that the March 2011 triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi has and continues to affect. Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman guides the conversation through Kan’s experience during the meltdowns three years ago up until the current crisis, with interwoven discussions of the Nuclear Village, the dangers of nuclear power on a global scale and the relationship between nuclear energy and nuclear warfare.
The video and full interview transcript are available HERE.
” Three years ago today a massive earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast, resulting in an unprecedented nuclear crisis: a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. As Japan marks the anniversary with continued uncertainty around Fukushima’s long-term impact, we are joined by Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister at the time. It’s rare that a sitting world leader changes his position completely, but that’s what Kan has done. He explains how he came to oppose nuclear power while still in office, as he weighed Tokyo’s evacuation. “It’s impossible to totally prevent any kind of accident or disaster happening at the nuclear power plants,” Kan says. “And so, the one way to prevent this from happening, to prevent the risk of having to evacuate such huge amounts of people, 50 million people, and for the purpose, for the benefit of the lives of our people, and even the economy of Japan, I came to change the position, that the only way to do this was to totally get rid of the nuclear power plants.” “