According to Greek mythology, it was Prometheus who gave fire to humans.
The acquisition of fire allowed humankind to develop civilization. Fire derived from fossil fuels further spurred production capacity. In time, humans attained atomic fire, a feat that was also described as "superior energy." Playing with fire, however, has presented humans with a dilemma.
Humans, who achieved a civilized world through Prometheus, are now troubled by atomic fire. The series of articles contemplate the country, its citizens and electric power in light of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
This fourth series, "5 Days in the Prime Minister's Office," depicts what was going on in the prime minister's office during five days immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake took place on March 11, 2011. Titles of the people in this story are those they held at that time.
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