Ten years have now passed since the Fukushima Daiichi accident, a disaster on a scale
surpassing even that of Chernobyl. The reactors in Units 1 to 3 suffered not only meltdowns
but also melt-through of the nuclear fuel, while the spent fuel pool at Unit 4 came close to
evaporating entirely. Had this come to pass, it would have necessitated the evacuation of all
residents within a radius of 250 kilometers – an area including the metropolis of Tokyo, the
consequences of which would have been unimaginable.
Thanks to the selfless front-line work of TEPCO employees, members of the Japan Self-Defense Force, firefighters, and the police, and with vital assistance from the USA and other countries, we were able to avoid the worst-case scenario. I would like to take this opportunity to again express my sincere gratitude to all those to whom we are so deeply indebted.

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