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The nuclear crisis and Japan's government

MIT experts analyze the country's response to the crisis, and give first-hand account of what it was like in Tokyo as the earthquake hit at the Starr Forum jointly sponsored by CIS in the Department of Political Science and the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

The response of Japan's government to its multiple unfolding disasters has been better than its past performance in moments of crisis, but the country's political leaders still have a long way to go to manage events well and win public confidence, MIT experts said in a public forum on Wednesday evening.

Professor Michael Golay, summarized the situation at the plants during Wednesday's forum, in part reprising information shared at a Tuesday discussion at MIT. Showing design drawings of the types of reactors at risk, Golay again emphasized the problems caused by the lack of power to the plant, which has led to major problems cooling the active fuel rods and spent fuel rods at Fukushima Daiichi.

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