In-Focus: Japan – NRA to probe faulty fallout projections – A-Bomb survivors push Obama to do more to eradicate nuclear weapons

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NRA to probe faulty fallout projections

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority announced on Tuesday that more errors were found in wind direction data for Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai power plant in Saga Prefecture and Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.

The NRA planned to disclose the corrected projections Thursday but canceled after the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES), the body that drafted the simulations, announced there may be further data-input errors in the corrected version.

“We would like to be sure that there will be no more errors, so the simulations are being thoroughly checked again,” NRA spokesman Hideka Morimoto told a news conference.

Morimoto said the NRA’s secretariat has questioned the capability of the JNES team that drafted the projections, as inputting data should be a very basic task. It ordered the JNES to thoroughly review all of the projections in collaboration with the NRA.

He added it was still unclear when the NRA will be able to release the corrected results.

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