13 Mar '11, 1am

Japan PM under fire over slow response to nuke accident

Japan PM under fire over slow response to nuke accident

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan was facing media criticism on Sunday over his government's response to an explosion at a quake-hit nuclear reactor that had triggered fears of a meltdown. "The way the government provided information is questionable," the Yomiuri Shimbun said in an editorial. An explosion blew off the roof and walls of the structure around the reactor at Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant, about 250 kilometres northeast of Tokyo after a killer earthquake and tsunami flattened the region. Radiation leaked from the plant, but the government moved to calm fears of a meltdown, saying that the blast did not rupture the container surrounding the reactor and that radiation levels had fallen afterwards. The mass-circulation daily, however, noted that it took five hours for the government to deny meltdown fears after the explosion occurred, saying the slow response...

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