NSK News Bulletin September 2013
28 Journalists join Prime Minister Abe on tour of Fukushima Nuclear Plant
A group of 28 journalists, including photojournalists and TV staff, accompanied Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a tour of the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on Sept. 19. It was Abe’s second visit as prime minister, following one in December of last year.
The journalists included regular-member media representatives belonging to the Cabinet’s press club, as well as some foreign reporters.
Wearing a protective suit, Abe observed the storage tanks believed to have leaked radioactive water, looking at the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) - a water treatment system intended to reduce the level of radioactivity of the water, as well as viewing silt barriers built up to try to contain radioactive water from spilling into the Pacific Ocean in front of the power plant complex.
Five reporters, one each from the Asahi Shimbun, the Yomiuri Shimbun, Kyodo News, Jiji Press and the Associated Press, accompanied Abe, together with two photographers, (one each from the Sankei Shimbun and Kyodo News) and eight TV reporters - two each from Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), Nippon Television Network (NTV), Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Reuters.
In addition, 13 other reporters covered Abe’s visit to the plant’s reinforced control center where he thanked workers for their efforts to contain the leaking water.
Those other reporters came from the Mainichi Shimbun, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), the Tokyo Shimbun, the Sankei Shimbun, The Japan Times, the Hokkaido Shimbun, the Nishinippon Shimbun, Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK), TBS, NTV, Fuji Television, TV Asahi and TV Tokyo.