On Monday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, committed the Japanese government to a lead role in the mitigation and containment of radioactive water leaks at Fukushima Daiichi, adding that it is “unacceptable” to allow contaminated water to leak from storage tanks on-site into the Pacific Ocean. “Our position is to do everything we can to help resolve the problem as quickly as possible,” he said.
Suga blamed TEPCO’s poor management of the disaster as the likely root cause and said that the government needs to take a more active role in developing and carrying out countermeasures. The utility has repeatedly been reproached for the lack of information-sharing occurring with the public, as well as within internal, and international circles.
Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan’s industry minister visited the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday and spoke with reporters afterwards. He told reporters that the Japanese government plans to use more public funds on operations meant to address recent leaks of radioactive water from the storage tanks at Fukushima Daiichi. Motegi also admitted that to date the government was allowing TEPCO to deal with each problem as it came up, but that from now on the government would take full control of the issues as TEPCO was largely to blame for the recent series of leaks. “The urgency of the situation is very high,” Motegi said. “From here on the government will take charge.”
TEPCO President Naomi Hirose accompanied Motegi at the meeting and told reporters that the utility was creating a new task force which he would directly oversee to manage the radioactive leaks at Fukushima Daiichi. The newly formed task force will include company officials, but TEPCO will invite Japanese and foreign experts to act as technical advisors to the task force.
Source: UT San Diego