FUKUSHIMA (majirox news) — Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda apologized Sept. 8 for the national government’s inadequate response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis.
Noda bowed deeply in apology before a meeting with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato, telling him that a visit to the radiation-spewing plant earlier in the day had showed him the enormity of the national government’s responsibility.
Sato remained motionless as the prime minister sworn in one week earlier expressed his regret.
Earlier, Noda visited the Fukushima Daiichi plant and told workers the world is waiting for the crisis to be contained.
He praised them for working to stabilize the nuclear disaster. “Since the accident occurred, you have worked on the front line for the Japanese people,” he said. “I express my heartfelt gratitude,” reported Jiji Press.
Noda also thanked the Self-Defense Force members who have worked “tirelessly” in the Fukushima prefecture area since the March 11 disasters.
“I feel proud from the bottom of my heart as the commander in chief of the Self-Defense Forces,” he said.