Japan confirms meltdown at 3 reactors
Tue May 24, 2011 6:44PM
Michael Penn, Press TV, Tokyo
The Japanese government is under renewed fire over its handling of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, and the criticism is being received from more than one direction.
Some ordinary citizens are outraged at the government's policy of allowing significant amounts of radiation to fall on schoolyards in Fukushima Prefecture while those schools operate normally. Protesters took their case straight to the Ministry of Education.
Support for the protesters is coming from international NGOs. The protesters have also been supported by some Japanese lawmakers, who have led the cross-examination of the bureaucratic officials.
Meanwhile, the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party has been tearing into the government's record in the early hours of the crisis when seawater injections into Reactor No. 1 were briefly halted under contested circumstances.
Press TV wanted to hear the government's reaction to this assault.
Here at the TEPCO building in central Tokyo they are preparing materials to give information to the media representatives of the world.
But it was more than the charts of radiation readings that were available, as the prime minister's point man on the nuclear crisis made a remarkable admission.
Mr. Hosono also confirmed that three nuclear reactors had suffered meltdowns.
Now, an International Atomic Energy Agency delegation is in Tokyo meeting government leaders and making their own assessment of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.