SHIZUOKA, Japan: Japan is struggling to put an end to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. A full-scale decontamination of areas around the facility is also set to take place with the help of the Self Defense Force. A government panel believes all this would cost at least US$73 billion.
The plant was not directly affected by the March earthquake and tsunami, but it lies on a fault line with an 80 per cent chance of an earthquake occurring in the next 30 years.
In an exclusive interview with Channel NewsAsia, Governor of Shizuoka Heita Kawakatsu said:
They said yes. I said you are not prepared for more than 10 metres above sea level tsunami.
They said they would build walls initially 12 metres. Now it is 18 metres. The shape is…against the sea.
It will take until the end of next year. You should not reopen a plant which is now being checked.
They cannot operate.”
Shizuoka’s Governor believes he will be able to find alternative sources of energy in three years.
He intends to use more solar power, as well as heat created from volcanic energy, and water.
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