Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan denied making comments on the safety management of Taiwan's Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant during a visit there earlier Friday. Kan, who was Japan's top executive when a 2011 earthquake led to a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, said he was only briefed by the officials from the Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) during his one-hour visit there and he had not commented on the plant's facilties. There is no absolutely safe nuclear power plant in the world, Kan said at an anti-nuclear power event Friday evening to share his experience after the nuclear power disaster. If a nuclear disaster takes place in Taiwan, the situation will be more serious than the one in Fukushima as Taiwan's small, it cannot provide enough safety buffer zones, he said. Kan's remark came after Taipower told local media that the Japan's former PM praised the first nuclear power plant in New Taipei for having better safety management compared with Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Plant. According to reports, Kan was quoted by officials from Taipower as saying that the plant was equipped with improved spent fuel pools and a reactor core isolation cooling system. Compared with Fukushima, which kept their standby generators in a lower level, the plant in Taiwan has a better design with the gas turbine generator installed on higher ground, according to reports. On Thursday when Kan arrived in Taipei to promote a nuclear free homeland, he said only a country with no nuclear power can claim total safety. He is scheduled to return to Japan on Sunday. Taipower said it has arranged the one hour meeting for Kan based on the friendly relations between the two countries. It originally rejected Kan's request to visit last week. Citing an independent report by Japan's parliament and private sector, Taipower attributed administrative error and bad decision making as the cause of the nuclear meltdown, which will not be necessarily repeated in Taiwan. Currently, Taiwan has three operational nuclear power plants and six reactors.
(By Lin Meng-rui and Maia Huang)