Right, it was hit with a giant earthquake and a giant tsunami and it was fine. The extended duration power outage was the issue. Think about that though. Everyone is getting rid of nuclear power because it so darn unsafe now. It got hit with an earthquake....and a tsunami... and was fine. Amazing.
One comment - Next time don’t place your nuclear reactor so close to a “MAJOR” Fault and if you do, plan on a Tsunami barrier PLUS a backup generator “Just In Case”!
I think this is the instinctive fear of “nuclear” that the Japanese had since Hiroshima coming back to bite them. They only built the plants to avoid importing so much oil and gas to keep the factories burning. Now they shut down all the nuke plants for fear of the radiation, when Japan suffers earthquakes all the time and this is the first to go critical in 50 years.
They need the power for their nation. This rush to turn it off will cost them their manufacturing edge, the only thing that was propping them up through their demographic winter.