Ma leads minute silence for Japan quake victims


TAIPEI–President Ma Ying-jeou on yesterday led a group of Cabinet officials in observing a minute of silence for the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Ma was visiting the Atomic Energy Council to hear a report on Taiwan’s emergency response preparedness for nuclear accidents, in the wake of the crisis triggered by damage to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the magnitude 9.0 earthquake.

The president said in a news conference after the briefing that if a similar incident occurred in Taiwan and led to an impossible situation, authorities would have to take bold steps and give up any affected nuclear power plant to protect people’s lives.

There are currently three nuclear power plants operating in Taiwan, and a fourth is under construction.