Some good news, kind of, I guess, although I’m always suspicious when politicians make statements regarding technical or scientific situations. I’d rather hear it directly from NISA, or even TEPCO.

The government could not say the situation had been completely stabilised at the plant, but after studying the possibility of severe deterioration Tokyo was comfortable with the current evacuation policy, Goshi Hosono told the paper in an interview Saturday. “There is no way Tokyo or Kyoto will come into harms way,” said Hosono, Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s special advisor on management of the nuclear crisis.

“Our goal is very clear: preventing further spreading of radiation into the atmosphere and into the ocean,” Hosono told the [Wall Street Journal].

“In order to achieve that, we must restore stable cooling functions. This is extremely difficult technically.”

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company says it does not expect a “cold shutdown” of all reactors for another six to nine months.

Hosono said officials had started to examine the causes and handling of the nuclear accident.

“When we investigate the accident, it will naturally become clear where the problems were, including issues with Japan’s nuclear regulatory policy,” he told the paper.

Hosono, a member of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, said it was not the right time to decide whether the country should look to non-nuclear energy sources or continue to keep using atomic power.

“I just don’t think we can make a cool-headed judgment in the current atmosphere,” the paper quoted him as saying.

“For now, we should maintain both options and let the people decide in time.”

via Japan advisor says nuclear threat receding. (Also here)

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“Let the people decide in time.” Ha! That’s a good one. Since when do the elites that run countries let the people decide? Sounds good, tho, eh? Democratic, like.

Still, I’m looking forward to seeing this debate in Japan. A debate in Japan. This should be something to see.

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