Noda to Tell Nuclear Security Summit to Heed Fukushima Lessons
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will tell world leaders gathered in Seoul for a nuclear security summit to heed the lessons from the meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant.
Japan failed firstly to anticipate the scale of potential threats, with a tsunami measuring more than 15 meters high on March 11 last year overwhelming sea walls built to cope with a surge one-third that size, the prime minister will say, according to a draft statement provided by his office.
Noda, who became leader last year after the event, will also emphasize that a lack of communication between authorities prevented a quick response and that nations must ensure their police, armed forces and civilian agencies share information and training. Fukushima showed that overconfidence and a dogmatic approach to safety are dangerous, he will say.
“These are the warnings that can be applied not only to an accident caused by a natural disaster, but also to terrorist attacks on atomic facilities,” Noda will say, according to the document.
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