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New report highlights severity of last year's Japanese nuclear disaster

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A tsunami tidal wave smashes vehicles and houses at Kesennuma city in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan on March 11, 2011.

One year after the 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan, new details have emerged highlighting the severity of the nuclear emergency that followed at the Fukushima power plant.

This week, an independent report is being released by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation. It reveals Japanese officials seriously considered evacuating Tokyo because they feared a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

The Fukushima power plant still remains fragile a year after it suffered multiple meltdowns, its chief said Tuesday. Makeshift equipment — some mended with tape — are keeping crucial systems running.


Mure Dickie, Tokyo bureau chief for the Financial Times.

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