Japan’s Fukushima nuclear crisis, the world’s worst nuclear accident in a quarter of a century, was a preventable disaster, according to an official inquiry into the accident.
The investigating panel found that damage from a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami in March last year could not be ruled out as a cause of the accident. However, collusion between the government, regulators and the plant operator made matters worse.
The Tokyo Electric Power Company and the then- Prime Minister Naoto Kan are criticised for allowing what is described as “a natural disaster to develop into a man-made crisis.”
The findings could have serious implications as Japan seeks to bring idle reactors reactors back on line.