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Nuclear power unpredictable, Fukushima engineer warns in Taiwan | GlobalPost

A Japanese engineer who helped build part of the Fukushima Daiichi No. 4 reactor said in Taiwan on Wednesday that the safety of nuclear power plants is unpredictable, urging Taiwan to ditch atomic energy for renewable resources.

Mitsuhiko Tanaka, who arrived in Taiwan on Tuesday with a delegation of Japanese parliamentarians for a six-day visit, told a press conference in Taipei that the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in 1986 changed his views on nuclear power.

“Nuclear accidents are bound to happen someday, only that we don’t know when they will happen,” he said.

Tanaka, who helped build part of No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi plant while working at Hitachi Ltd. in 1974, quit the company in 1977 and became a writer.

He chronicled a manufacturing defect in the steel vessel installed at No. 4 reactor and the subsequent cover-up in a book he published in 1990.

He also went to the Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry in 1988 to report the cover-up, but the government refused to investigate and Hitachi denied his accusations.



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