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“Kaieda sorry for threat to ‘punish’ firefighters who balk at nuke plant” via the Japan Times Online

Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda apologized Tuesday over reports that he threatened to “punish” firefighters if they didn’t carry out an operation to spray water into the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.

Kaieda refrained from admitting whether he actually made the threat, but he told a news conference that “if my remarks offended firefighters . . . I would like to apologize on that point.”

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