Tokyo faced evacuation scenario: Kan via The Japan Times

In the days immediately after the crisis began at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government received a report saying 30 million residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would have to be evacuated in a worst-case scenario, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan revealed in a recent interview.

Kan said he contemplated the chaos that would ensue if such a measure were taken.

“It was a crucial moment when I wasn’t sure whether Japan could continue to function as a state,” he said.

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