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Kurokawa in Washington on lessons from "man-made" disaster

October 17, 2012



Fukushima panel chair calls for sharing lessons




The Japanese scientist who led an expert's panel on the Fukushima nuclear accident says it is important to share the lessons learned from the disaster with the rest of the world.

Kiyoshi Kurokawa, who chaired the Japanese Diet panel's investigation into the accident, gave a speech in Washington on Tuesday.

Kurokawa explained the main points of the report the panel submitted in July. The report criticized the nuclear regulatory authorities and the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, for their lack of preventive measures.

It termed the nuclear accident a "man-made disaster," and called for the creation of a permanent Diet committee to oversee the work of nuclear regulatory authorities.

Kurokawa told his audience that the report has been translated into English and is now available on the panel's website. He said this will enable people around the world to share the lessons of the disaster.

He also referred to the measures at nuclear plants in the United States. The country introduced new measures after the September 11th attacks in 2001. For example, it is now mandatory for plants to have additional backup power systems.

Kurokawa said Japan did not introduce such measures although the government was aware that they had been installed in the US. He pointed out that if those systems had been in place at Fukushima, the accident could have been prevented.

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