Thursday, June 02, 2011

Japan Prime Minister Kan Survives No Confidence Vote

The Center has been calling for Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, left, to resign because of his mishandling of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.  The Center has been recommending sealing the four reactors that exploded in March.

For some unknown reason, the Japanese government is allowing the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to operate like Keystone Cops or the Marx Brothers.  In addition to spraying ocean water onto the reactors to try to cool them, the utility company has been sending workers into the facilities to try to regain control.  The sprayed water has added to the already highly radioactive water that spilled all over the facility after the explosions and is contaminating the nearby ocean.  Most of the post tsunami damage could have been avoided if a timely decision had been made to seal the site.  A sarcophagus over the four reactors would mitigate the ongoing leakage of radiation into the environment.

Kan survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote aimed at driving him from power today.  Kan, who assumed his job about a year ago, cut a backroom political deal with members of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan only hours before the parliamentary vote was to take place. The final tally of the no-confidence vote, sponsored by the opposition Liberal Democratic Party, was 293 against ousting Kan and 152 supporting the move. (LA Times, 6/2/2011)

Kan should resign immediately.

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