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Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said in a videotaped message shown Monday at a symposium in New York that the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was “one step away from the worst situation” and that catastrophe was avoided with “God’s help.”

As the prime minister at the time, Kan was in charge of the initial response to the triple meltdown at the plant, which was crippled by the March 11, 2011, quake and tsunami.

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