– Japan’s nuclear crisis is intensifying. A second reactor unit at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station may have ruptured and appears to be releasing radioactive steam. The plant has been hit by several explosions after a devastating earthquake and tsunami last Friday damaged its cooling functions. It has sent low levels of radiation wafting into Tokyo more than 130 miles away. The company operating the reactors withdrew at least 750 workers on Tueday, leaving a crew of 50 struggling to lower the temperatures. Watch Part 2: Democracy Now! speaks to three people on its March 16th program: Philip White of the Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center in Tokyo; Peter Ford of the Christian Science Monitor reporting in Sendai; and Peter Bradford, a former commissioner at the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. “The best case scenario at this point is not a good one … for the public or for the nuclear industry,” Bradford says. “There is not going to be a happy ending to this story.” For the video/audio podcast, transcript, to sign up for the daily news digest, and for additional reporting on the crisis in Japan: visit FOLLOW US: Facebook: Twitter: @democracynow Please consider supporting independent media by making a donation to Democracy Now! today, visit

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  1. Plant was NEVER fully abandoned! That was a false translation and misinterpretation of a Japanese statement. The workers TEMPORARILY had to move to a different area WITHIN the plant to avoid exposure to high radiation levels. They then returned to work after the spike had past. To this moment 180 workers remain at the plant working like crazy to avoid the worst case scenario. Western media is doing an absolutely poor job at covering this crisis. So many false and biased info out there!

  2. How nice of the emperor to address the people! I guess this parasite is worried about his way of life. After living off the people, like a leach, all he can offer is prayers? Well, that is some ROI for the Japanese public. Fantasy island may be over for you,”emperor”, you may have to star working for a living.

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