• Kyodo


Shortly after hydrogen explosions rocked the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant last March, then Prime Minister Naoto Kan verbally lashed Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials and ordered them to contain the crisis at all costs, according to company records obtained Thursday.

“It doesn’t matter if the company executives aged around 60 die at the accident site. I’m going there, too,” Kan is quoted as saying when he went to Tepco headquarters in the early hours of March 15.

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