A Solemn Promise from Japan’s Prime Minister

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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has acknowledged that his country along with the operator of the ravaged, radiation leaking, Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant have made serious mistakes since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Looking for ways to correct in the future, Kan promised to deliver a comprehensive review of the nuclear disaster and said it will likely include outside, expert, analysis.

Goshi Hosono, a special adviser to Kan, said at a news conference, “of course we will have Japanese experts but its highly possible that we will have foreign experts take part in the review.”

Governments around the globe have criticized Japan as harshly as its own citizens for not releasing timely information about the accident and subsequent actions taken such as, dumping radioactive water into the sea.

Hosono assured the international community that the government will deliver timely information, and oversee the Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) plan to regain control of Fukushima.

TEPCO says it will take six to nine months before it can begin turning off the reactors, a process known as a cold shutdown.

Hosono offered his own idea of what fundamentally failed TEPCO.

“Tokyo Electric Power is a very conservative company that dislikes change.”

As part of that review, experts will take an invasive look at Japan’s nuclear regulators.

“We must make sure that the results of the review are acknowledged by the international community given that the International Atomic Energy Agency and others have been keen for this.”

(In the accompanying video on RTC, Arnie Gunderson sizes up what triggered the explosion at Fukushima Unit 3 Reactor)

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