Fukushima radiation: As the aftermath of the leaked Fukushima nuclear plant continues to worsen, Japan’s government has decided to take a more direct approach in their clean-up of the plant. Following rising international concerns, the country’s government has decided that a greater role is necessary to handle the besieged operator Tokyo Electric in light of what many are calling the most devastating atomic incident in the past 25 years, Yahoo reported this Sunday, Sept. 1.
With alarm over the Fukushima plant’s destruction and the threat of radiation exposure, discussions have once again come to the surface over Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (Tepco) future and that of the surrounding area. These debates include those proposals that aim to position its toxic nuclear assets under the control of the Japanese government, while leaving some power in that of the company, as Tepco stands as the nation’s most prominent economic power provided in the Fukushima region.
"I want the government to have a responsible framework - not just for checking what Tokyo Electric is doing to deal with Fukushima - but for the government to commit to dealing with the Fukushima problem itself and conduct this as a joint operation, including the water problem and decommissioning," said Tadamori Oshima, an official from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's taskforce on post-disaster reconstruction.
Conversation on this more direct approach from the government when considering the Fukushima radiation threat — and its economic effects — is also planned for the near future.
"Concerning the question of what the government will pay for and what Tepco will pay for, I think we need to debate and redraw the line," Oshima added.
Public fear over Fukushima — which has been brought back into the public spotlight from news of toxic and radiation-tainted water being leaked from the plant — has posed a dangerous delay to the reactivation of similar reactors, which stands as a rift in the economic revival plan Tepco has been working to pay to its creditor banks.
Fukushima isn’t the only nuclear plant that’s been devastated by the giant earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 — the country’s nuclear industry (which held almost a third of Japan’s power) has all but been driven into a rut.
What are your thoughts on the Fukushima radiation story, and on the government of Japan taking a more direct role in proceedings for cleaning up the site and helping with the financial crisis?