In Japan being too interested in nuclear affairs may warrant a background check

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Recently there has been some suspicion in Japan that the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) submitted the names of public citizens who signed up to attend nuclear safety meetings to the police.  The problem was pointed out earlier this month during the three-day hearing on the ability of the Ohi nuclear power plant to withstand an earthquake and tsunami like witnessed at Fukushima Daiichi.

The government officials had not been comfortable with allowing protestors into the meeting room, so they forced them to sit in an adjacent room and watch the meeting on a television.

Government officials had argued at the time that there was such an outcry from the public against nuclear power plants that officials were worried about violent protests.   NISA wanted to consult the police a day before to judge the suspicions raised by the officials, and it is suspected that they provided the lists at that time.

Some are arguing that releasing personal information to the police without prior notification may have conflicted with the law for the protection of personal data held by Administrative Organs.

Source: Yomiuri

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