Japan's Nuclear Crisis

We have the latest on the radioactive leak at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. And we look at how Japan is handling the threat and what that tells us about nuclear safety more broadly.



Today's guest host was Tom Harrington.

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Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Fukishima Resident

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami, dangerous levels of radiation are now dispensing across the country's northeast. At one point, emergency workers were ordered to evacuate the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex today because of a surge in radiation leakage.

A number of explosions have crippled the reactors there and they are now releasing radioactivity directly into the atmosphere. About 70,000 people have been evacuated from the area immediately around the complex. Another 140,000 have been ordered to remain indoors to avoid exposure. Thousands of people are trying to flee the area. And some are looking to get out of the country altogether.

Graham Chave is from New Zealand, he's been living in Japan for 16 years and works as a translator in Fukishima. He lives about sixty kilometers from the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear reactor, in Fukishima City.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Ian Hore Lacy

For some perspective on the situation and what it says about nuclear safety in Japan and around the world, we were joined by Ian Hore Lacy. He's with the World Nuclear Association, an advocacy group for the nuclear industry. He was in London, England.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis - Trevor Findlay

Trevor Findlay sees the nuclear crisis from a different vantage point. He is with the Waterloo, Ontario-based Centre for International Governance Innovation or (CIGI). And he's working on a project about the International Atomic Energy Agency or (IAEA) which is the UN's nuclear watchdog agency. Trevor Findlay is also a professor at Carleton University and the author of Nuclear Energy and Global Governance. He was in Ottawa this morning.

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