Saturday, August 27, 2011

Japan Prime Minister criticized safety regulator, says it promotes nuclear energy

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Tokyo - Prime Minister of Japan on Sunday criticized the country's nuclear safety agency for allegedly trying to questions to support nuclear energy in public forums of plants.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the nuclear and Agency for industrial side of the industry was, rather than as a regular. He said that it stressed a cosy relationship and the deep-rooted problem which must be corrected tsunami and the nuclear crisis following on the 11 March.

"NISA that nuclear safety, to check the interest to the general public, provided support for the promoter represented." "It, if true was more than just a help," Kan said at an energy Symposium.

Kan's comment followed a report from the Government show that NISA allegedly tried to manipulate public opinion on town meeting on the promotion of nuclear energy.

Public support towards nuclear energy has moved since March disaster that crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant.

International atomic and Energy Agency has criticized Japan's murky nuclear regulation system, while NISA separate the Government recognized the need of the trade and industry Ministry, promoting nuclear energy.

In its report Friday to the Department of Commerce in the Chubu Electric Power Co. said, based in Central Japan, NISA asked the company had in fans, bring it in 2007 organized a public forum and let issues offset anti-nuclear views.

The report was part of the Ministry survey of Japanese nuclear power operator on their public forums in the last five years. Another operator, Shikoku electric power co., said that it had received a similar application from NISA.

Chubu said it encourages enterprise staff participate in the meeting, but not give them with questions as it considers it inappropriate.

Trade Minister Banri Kaieda apologized for NISA the question of planting and promised an independent probe.

The problem surfaced in early July, when another utility, Kyushu electric power co., acknowledged June to send mobilization of dozens of people in supporting comments to a public hearing on whether two of its nuclear reactors restart.

Currently Japan 35 54 reactors idle, cause power bottlenecks in the midst of heat wave. The Government has ordered that all reactors security checks after the worst nuclear crisis since Chornobyl.

Kan called for a long-term effort Friday to scale back Japan's nuclear energy directed policy Overtrhe four decades and to renewable energies.

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