Japan Professors: “Problem of such unprecedented magnitude” at Fukushima — International consequences — Fuel rods melted through reactor floors? http://enenews.com/japan-professors-problem-of-such-unprecedented-magnitude-at-fukushima-international-consequences-fuel-rods-melted-through-reactor-floors
Thomas Snitch, Senior Professor of Science at Institute for Advanced Studies (United Nations University, Tokyo), ), Japan Times, Sept. 23, 2013: Let the world help at Fukushima No. 1 [...] It would be useful if the government of Japan would avail themselves of the assistance and technology that could be provided by foreign corporations with experience in the decommissioning of nuclear plants. [...] The consequences of the continued delay in addressing the real challenges at Fukushima have international consequences. So, why not allow the international nuclear community the opportunity to help?
Colin P. A. Jones is a professor at Doshisha Law School in Kyoto Japan Times, Sept. 17, 2013: : [...] If anything called for a nation’s government to quickly intervene actively on a massive scale and assume direct responsibility for a situation, it would be the crisis that continues to unfold 200 km from Tokyo. [...] here we are 2½ years later, learning highly radioactive water has been leaking into the groundwater and the ocean and that storage tanks full of even more radioactive water are starting to fail. Surely it is a basic fact of life in nuclear power that fuel rods need to be kept cool whether sitting in a containment pool or melted through the reactor floor? The accumulation of radioactive water at the Fukushima plant was an utterly predictable problem almost from the day things first started to explode. Tepco gets a failing grade here for sure, but what about the people expecting a single company to deal with a problem of such unprecedented magnitude in the first place? [...]
See also: BBC: Fukushima plant in “unprecedented crisis” and it’s getting worse, says Japan nuclear official