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October 1, 2013


Nuclear regulator criticized for 'red tape' job



Japan's nuclear regulator is coming under fire from intellectuals. They're being criticized for bureaucratic behavior.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority fielded comments on Monday from 6 experts who are studying the crisis in Fukushima. The discussion was a review of the NRA's first year of operation.

Shuya Nomura is a lawyer who served on a Diet panel that investigated the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Nomura criticized the NRA for its handling of the radioactive water leaks. He said NRA members should go to the plant, instead of demanding explanations from its operator's executives.

Journalist Yoichi Funabashi said drafting rules and standards isn't enough to win public trust. He described the plant as a battleground and urged regulators to take a more proactive stance in dealing with the crisis.

Others pressed for reforms at the NRA Secretariat. It's staffed mostly by personnel from the previous regulator which was under a government umbrella that promoted nuclear power.

NRA chief Shunichi Tanaka said he feels the organization has been given a mandate that's bigger than its capacity, but that members will try to improve.

Oct. 1, 2013 - Updated 01:39 UTC

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