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Friday, April 29, 2011

Japan to launch nuclear accident investigation panel in mid-May: Kan

From Japan Today :

" TOKYO : Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Thursday he will launch an independent panel around mid-May to investigate the causes of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

‘‘By sharing the lessons from the accident with the international community through the International Atomic Energy Agency and other channels, we will take the lead in contributing to safety improvements of nuclear plants around the world,’’ Kan also told a plenary session of the House of Representatives.

The world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl explosion was triggered by the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that devastated Japan’s northeastern region of Tohoku.

The government and the plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co are still struggling to bring the radiation-spewing plant under control.

Kan said ‘‘the myth of the safety of nuclear energy’’ was prevalent among government and utility officials and that Japan needs to ‘‘humbly reflect’’ on such wrong perceptions."

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