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Japan earthquake: live - Telegraph

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) asked the Japanese government earlier this week to permit a full withdrawal of its employees from the Fukushima plant, a Japanese daily newspaper has said. TEPCO had first concluded that it would be "difficult" for its workers to continue to restore the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant, where high levels of radiation have been monitored, the Mainichi Shimbun said.

But Prime Minister Naoto Kan turned down the request, telling TEPCO: "Withdrawal is impossible. It's not a matter of whether TEPCO collapses. It's a matter of whether Japan goes wrong," according to Mainichi. An unnamed official related to TEPCO, however, was quoted by Mainichi as saying:

If withdrawal is unacceptable, it's as if (Kan) said 'Do it until you are exposed to radiation and die.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Mar 17th, 2011 at 07:50:42 PM EST
Well it's just plutonium escaping into the environment. Someone else can deal with it.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Thu Mar 17th, 2011 at 08:18:07 PM EST
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Perhaps they should have accepted the US offer of technical assistance. (Bites tongue.)

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 17th, 2011 at 09:00:20 PM EST
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