Japan warned another meltdown threat remains

A report by the Japanese government, the final one into the Fukushima disaster, has warned that the country faces a recurrence if there isn’t a ‘drastic’ transformation in how similar disasters are managed in future.

The Independent reports that Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, has argued since the crisis began after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that it could not have foreseen the size of the huge seismic event.
But the panel, led by the engineering professor Yotaro Hatamura, said the utility made "no attempt" to prepare for disaster because of what it called a "safety myth". "Officials at Tepco and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency were convinced that an accident could not occur."

The 400-page report is the fourth since the Fukushima crisis began and follows a damning indictment by a parliamentary committee earlier this month that called the accident a "man-made disaster".

Opponents insist Japan cannot guarantee the safety of its atomic plants in a country with 20 per cent of the world's strong earthquakes.

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