A New photo (which took on 15 March 2011) was released by TEPC
Source: The nuclear plants (No. 3 in the left side and No. 4 in the right side) from Asahi.com (16 March 2011) see, http://www.asahi.com/national/gallery_e/view_photo.html?national-pg/0316/TKY201103160214.jpg (access date: 16 March 2011).
The Japanese government has one of the worst records among industrial countries of disclosing information (e.g., non-performance banking loans in the 1990s which is resulted in the current economy depression and Tokaimura Nuclear disaster in 1999 see my environment book). Now during the ongoing Great East Japan Earthquake crisis the government is doing it yet again. At 8 PM on March 12th, Prime Minister Kan Naoto insisted in his press conferences that there was no meltdown of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which had been checked by tearing down the walls of the building in the afternoon. As a safety “precaution” for people who lived within 20 km of the facility, evacuation (over 170,000 citizens) was needed. The Japanese government has been far from candid. At the Futaba Hospital near the facility, at least 4 people, picked by the SDF (Self Defense Forces) from the Futaba High School, were found to have been exposed to radiation from the plant at 10:00 pm (TBS News 12 March 2011). By the noon of March 14, the Fukushima No. 3 nuclear power plant also was explored (Yomiuri Shimbun) and injured 6 people.
The disclosure of the information during a crisis is crucial to prevent widespread disaster and save human lives; the government does not get this. People can survive the earthquake if they run away from buildings, such as standing in the center of a field or empty space. People can survive the Tsunami if they run to higher ground, such as mountains. However, people cannot survive radiation from a nuclear powerful plant because there is no place to hide. The radiation can travel by air, easily crossing international boundaries. Right now, rescue teams around the world are coming Japan to help. They might face potential risk from the radiation. Where is the responsibility of the Japanese government? Why is the government unwilling to disclose the information relating to radiation in the nuclear power plants?
Source: The Explosion of Fukushima No. 1 (3/12) and No. 3 (3/14) Yomiuri Shimbun (15 March 2011)
Source: Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the explosion from Mainichi News (12 March 2011)
Source: Fukushima No. 3 nuclear power plant Asahi.com from Asashi Shimbun (14 March 2011)