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Comic: Japan

Nuclear brainstorming

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) operates the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station, and many other power plants that serve Tokyo.

In case you've been on holiday in central Borneo and are not up on the news, the tsunami that hit the northeastern coast of Japan following the earthquake of March 11 heavily damaged the nuclear power plant; since then several reactor cores have partially melted down.

Efforts by TEPCO and the Japanese government to get the situation under control have been hampered by high radiation and the plant's age, which has prevented deployment of the robots that can undertake a great deal of the dangerous work at modern plants.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“We must move highly contaminated water at reactor number 2 and elsewhere to a radioactive waste processing facility as soon as possible without leaking it into the sea.”

— Japanese Minister of Industry Banri Kaieda