AILEEN MIOKO SMITH

Aileen Mioko Smith, executive director of the Green Action environmental group, says that even though the Japanese government does not want to cause panic, it should have told its citizens the whole truth from the very beginning. Now the evacuation planning in the country is so far behind that it could lead to very serious consequences

"The facts have to be told," Smith said. "The Japanese people need to be told how much the government knows and doesn't know, and what the potential worse-case scenarios are. The more you tell ahead of time, the less panic there will be… We are very fearful there will be a genuine panic, and it's being caused by the Japanese government withholding the information."

INTERVIEW WITH AILEEN MIOKO SMITH
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