Japan's Kan briefed on nuclear preparedness at local reservoir
CNATAIPEI -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who arrived in Taiwan Thursday for a four-day visit, visited the Feitsui Reservoir in New Taipei on Friday to learn about its nuclear emergency preparedness program.
September 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Kan, who was Japan's top executive when a 2011 earthquake led to a meltdown at a nuclear plant there, was briefed by Commissioner Liou Ming-lone, the top official at the reservoir, which provides water to the greater Taipei area.
Liou showcased the reservoir's radiation monitoring station, which operates 24 hours a day to ensure safe water for the nearly 5-million people living in and around the nation's capital.
Greater Taipei is home to two of Taiwan's three active nuclear plants and one that is still under construction.
Kan met a day earlier with Taipei mayor Hau Lung bin, where he cautioned that the perceived safety of nuclear power plants is a “fairytale” and only a nuclear power-free country can claim total safety.
He said that as prime minister, he had believed that Japan could handle safety issues at its power plants but was proven wrong when the Fukushima plant's reactors suffered meltdowns.
“It's entirely a matter of choice,” he said, noting that while modern technology may be capable of protecting reactors, the risk of malfunction and nuclear waste they produce will become burdens for future generations.