World Federation of Science Journalists

Former Japanese Prime Minister’s flawed physics corrected


February 13, 2012

Japanese science journalists Mariko Takahashi, senior staff writer at the prestigious newspaper The Asahi Shimbun and former Board member of the World Federation of Science Journalists, has had to correct the flawed physics of former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Lower House member Tomoyuki Taira, both from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

In a very unusual move, Mr. Yukio Hatoyama and Tomoyuki Taira authored an opinion piece in the journal Nature stating that "re-criticality," "nuclear explosions" and "meltdowns" may each have taken place” in the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear reactor.

Read Mariko Takahashi’s commentary explaining that the politicians’ statements do not make much sense. See "opinion", and search "POINT OF VIEW Mariko Takahashi: Hatoyama's questionable Nature article": http://ajw.asahi.com/category/views/ and http://ajw.asahi.com/article/views/opinion/AJ201202010024