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To: ransomnote
There might be some issues regarding technical information, but IMHO, the Japanese proceeded overall correctly.
3 posted on 06/23/2011 11:02:12 AM PDT by J Aguilar (Fiat Justitia et ruat coelum)
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To: J Aguilar

Then why did they apologize officially, with tears in their eyes, for not sharing information with the public? And why did TEPCO ask to abandon the plant because it was no longer safe in mid March?
This article is a good overview of a few of my concerns re the Japanese response before I came across this article today. I’ll put an excerpt here and a link at the bottom:
“The early disarray alarmed the United States government enough that it increasingly urged the Japanese to take more decisive action, and to be more forthcoming in sharing information. Making matters worse was Mr. Kan’s initial reluctance to accept the help of the United States, which offered pump trucks, unmanned drones and the advice of American nuclear crisis experts.

“We found ourselves in a downward spiral, which hurt relations with the United States,” said Manabu Terada, a lawmaker who served as an aide to Mr. Kan at that time. “We lost credibility with America, and Tepco lost credibility with us.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/13/world/asia/13japan.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss&pagewanted=all


6 posted on 06/23/2011 11:12:46 AM PDT by ransomnote
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