It's more than obvious that the Japanese govt knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that attempts to salvage the Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are beyond hopeless. Nearly every public statement from TEPCO now contains the phrase "we don't know. . .."
I refer you to the very most recent revelation (3/24) of vegetables grown in TOKYO becoming contaminated with radioactivity. And so why allow the ongoing actions to allegedly restore the facility to continue---at clearly the cost of hundreds (thousands?) of lives with each passing day? It is not a pretty picture. I say Chernobylize the dump and get it over with. Surely Tokyo Electric Power can find some way of writing this off their taxes if they are unable to salvage the plant. If one didn't know better, one might begin to suspect that the powers-that-be don't give a feather or a fig whether people live or die. It's all beginning to feel like a version of Kiss Me Deadly starring the Marx Brothers. (revised 3/25)