Frontline: Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown
Frontline, the best journalist show on television, does it again.
The television episode really took the audience inside of the Fukushima reactors, the obtained video from the workers themselves. They interview one of the helicopter pilots who carried water to the reactors.
“In the control room, people were saying we were finished,” said Takashi Sato, a reactor inspector who then worked for TEPCO, the company that operated Fukushima Daiichi. “They were saying it quietly, but they were saying it. We felt we had to flee.
“This sentiment was echoed by plant manager Masao Yoshida, who, according to witnesses, gathered his workers together and told them it was time to go home.
“Miles away in Tokyo, Prime Minister Naoto Kan caught wind that TEPCO was considering withdrawing its last line of defense against a complete nuclear meltdown. What happened next, as described in the above video, is just one example of the miscommunication and breakdown in trust between TEPCO and the government that would plague the days after the earthquake and tsunami.”