Emperor asked to fly over stricken nuclear plant

June 16, 2014

According to The Asahi Shimbun:

Emperor Akihito wanted to fly over the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant even though radiation was spewing from the facility following the triple meltdown there…in May 2011, about two months after the earthquake and tsunami disaster that triggered the nuclear crisis.

They patiently sat through explanations offered by about 20 experts and government officials, including a dozen or so specialists of nuclear energy and radiation.

Grand Chamberlain Yutaka Kawashima, 72…then reported to the emperor that such a visit would be difficult. At that point, Akihito inquired about flying over the nuclear plant in a Self-Defense Forces aircraft.

To read the entire article in The Asahi Shimbun, please click here.

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