NISA promises to re-establish public faith

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The head of Japan’s nuclear safety agency has called for every possible effort to regain public trust in the government’s energy policy.  The new body will face many challenges. The agency was heavily criticized in a government report on the nuclear accident released in December.

NISA officials left the Dai-Ichi nuclear plant after the March 11 earthquake and when ordered to return by the government provided little assistance to Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) staff struggling to gain control of three melting reactors, according to the report.

The committee found “no evidence that the NISA officials provided necessary assistance or advice.” Even though NISA’s manual said to stay at the plant, their manager allowed the officials to evacuate, according to the report, which doesn’t name the manager.

Source: NHK News

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