Japan PM criticizes nuclear safety agency
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 20:10
  
Tokyo: Japan's Prime Minister has criticised the country's nuclear safety agency for having acted as a promoter instead of regulator of nuclear energy.

Naoto Kan told an energy forum today that the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has tried to manipulate public opinion at town meetings to promote nuclear energy.

He said the scandal underscored cozy relationship between the regulator and the industry and must be corrected.

Public opinion toward nuclear energy has shifted since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

The International Atomic and Energy Agency also has criticised Japan's murky nuclear regulation system.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011, 20:10


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