“Critical had possibly occurred in these days in the reactor”, the TV news reported.
“Yet it must have been only temporary critical, but the agent(I don’t know what agent it actually is would be) will monitor it carefully, if it would be developed to a large scale critical or not.”
In Japan the word “critical” would mean “undesirable nuclear reaction.”
This peculiar usage first appeared years ago, when a nuclear reactor in a pilot plant fell into a critical>/i> condition to start the chain reaction of the fission. This accident occurred in the area named “Tokai-mura”, a town built in Ibaraki prefecture to gather various institutes, laboratories and pilot plants for nuclear technology. It was caused by a loss of concentration between the workers handling the reactor. It was called a “critical accident”, and it really was.
I wish the situation reported today will not go “more critical.”