Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Japanese Prime Minister waives Fukushima wage crisis

Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, and the president of TEPCO power company, Masataka Shimizu, give up their salaries to take responsibility for the nuclear accident in Fukushima. "The government has a great responsibility in this crisis, such as Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), the company managing power plant in Fukushima, Kan said.

Therefore, Kan waive the 1.6 million yen per month (20 billion dollars) received while prime minister, but will continue to grow to 800 thousand yen (10 billion dollars) to win as a congressman. Prompted by the magnitude 9 earthquake on March 11 and the tsunami that followed the crash of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (Fukushima No.

1, Northeast) led to radioactive leaks and the evacuation of 85,000 residents near the plant, becoming the worst since Chernobyl (Ukraine 1986). The company expects the plant reactors regain normal temperature for January 2012 is unable to install the stable cooling rapidly. Kan said that it is establishing a committee of independent and transparent investigation of this incident that, according to United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, left evidence "significant gaps" in global nuclear security.

TEPCO president and seven other executives also announced Tuesday the resignation of their wages. Faced with financial difficulties, the company formally applied for government assistance, it has to repay loans. As Fukushima nuclear reactors stopped working, the company has had to buy more oil to increase production of its power stations.

Dressed in special clothing, the inhabitants of the region where the rugged central could return for the first time for a short period to their homes since they had to leave abruptly, to retrieve personal effects. These people, who lived in the town of Kawauhi, southwest of Fukushima, had to leave their homes shortly after the accident on 11 March ordered exclusion radius of 20 km around the plant.

"We do everything possible for people to recover as soon as possible a normal life," said the head of government. Khan felt that the accident has caused Fukushima Japan have to completely redefine energy policy. Japan should "make greater use of renewable energies" and continue "promoting a more moderate use of electricity," he said.

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