06 Sep '11, 8am

Japan's ex-PM on why he opposes nukes: "an accident that could make 1/2 the country uninhabitable not worth the risk."

TOKYO: Japan's former premier Naoto Kan feared Tokyo would be rendered uninhabitable by the Fukushima nuclear crisis, he said in an interview published Tuesday in which he recalled the "spine-chilling" thought. He added it would have been "impossible" to evacuate all of the 30 million people in the event of a mass exclusion zone encompassing Tokyo and the Kanto region, and said that this risk made nuclear power a too dangerous option. "Deserted scenes of Tokyo without a single man around came across my mind," he told the Tokyo Shimbun newspaper, describing his thoughts as the nuclear emergency deepened in the days after the March 11 quake and tsunami. "It really was a spine-chilling thought," he said. Kan officially stepped down a week ago amid criticism over his handling of the aftermath of the March 11 triple disaster -- a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, a tsunami and the worl...

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