Former Japanese leader warns against nukes

Naoto Kan cited the reactor in Plymouth.
Naoto Kan cited the reactor in Plymouth.Credit:

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who dealt with a major nuclear disaster in 2011, said Wednesday that the densely populated Greater Boston area is no place for a nuclear power reactor like the one in Plymouth.

Kan was in office when an earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant roughly 170 miles north of Tokyo, triggering radiation leaks and explosions that caused massive evacuations. The facility used the same type of boiling-water reactors as Plymouth’s Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

“I realized that [the way] to ensure that an accident does not happen like this, is not to have nuclear power plants,” Kan, speaking through an interpreter, told a crowd of about 100 gathered at the State House Wednesday.

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