PSAM 2013 Topical Conference in Tokyo — In light of the Fukushima Dai-ichi Accident in Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Shunsuke Kondo, Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission: […] the Great East-Japan earthquake and the resulting tsunami struck people and facilities, including nuclear power plants, located on the Pacific coast of Japan on March 11, 2011. This caused an unprecedented severe accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company, TEPCO: a loss of all off-site power and on-site power left the unit 1-4 without any emergency power, and the resultant damage to fuel, reactor, and containment of unit 1-3 caused a release of radioactive materials to the region surrounding the site over an extended period of time. […]
Japan’s Energy Policy after 3/11, Dr. Tatsujiro Suzuki, Vice-Chairman of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (At 4:30 in): How serious this accident is? Very, very serious of course. It’s probably the worst nuclear accident ever happen in the world. Because 3 core meltdowns at the same time, 4 explosions, involving 4 reactors […] and yet, still not under control. And that make whole other things, cleaning up the facilities, many other measures should be taken, much more difficult — we’re still in the stage of accident.