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TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, confirmed on Tuesday that there had been meltdowns of fuel rods at three of the plant's reactors early in the crisis.
The government and experts said previously that fuel rods at three of Daiichi's six reactors had likely melted early in the crisis, but the utility, also known as Tepco, had only confirmed a meltdown of fuel rods at the No. 1 reactor.
On Tuesday, Tepco officials announced that fuel rods had also melted at the plant's No
"In the early stages of the crisis Tepco may have wanted to avoid panic. Now people are used to the situation - nothing is resolved but normal business has resumed in places like Tokyo," said Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University.
The word "meltdown" has such a strong connotation that when the situation was more uncertain, more people probably would have fled Tokyo, he said.
Originally posted by ThousandIslandSunny
reply to post by OnlyLove
Just how would `kicking ass` help anything? Would it stop the plants melting down/blowing up? Would it help the country at all? People are protesting, they are out on the streets, it is just not being shown. I myself was marching with other mothers and children on Saturday, protesting this. Farmers are protesting, parents, hell, a farmer even brought one of his cows to the Tokyo tepco headquarters. What would help? Rioting? How would that help?
The media all over the world is downplaying this, painting any person who dares to say `this is dangerous` as a bit crazy. The Japanese government have closed down tsurugu plant and Hamaoka, and have criticized Tepco, not enough, but it is not `nothing` either.
Im here in Japan, what exactly do you want me and mine to do?
The firm at the centre of Japan's worst nuclear accident insisted on Tuesday it would bring stricken reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant under control by January 2012, despite evidence that the complex is more seriously damaged than previously thought.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) said it would try new methods to cool the reactors, but would stick with its original plan, announced a month ago, to stabilise radiation levels and bring the units to a stable condition – a process known as "cold shutdown" – within six to nine months.