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    The Asahi Shinbun (Japanese) reports that the government intends to form an independent committee to investigate the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. The committee will be formed in the middle of May, and the intention is for the committee to make an interim report at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the IAEA in Vienna in early June.

    Here is a story from two weeks ago in the Mainichi Daily News that gives some background. an excerpt:

    The vice chairman of the government's Japan Atomic Energy Commission emphasized this week that Japan should thoroughly investigate the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in an internationally verifiable manner, possibly by involving experts from other countries to help guarantee the openness and transparency of the probe.

    An independent third-party panel, rather than the government's Nuclear Safety Commission, should study the accident's causes and the series of crisis management steps taken in order for Japan to regain the trust of the international community, Tatsujiro Suzuki said in an interview Wednesday with Kyodo News.

    As Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has called for launching such a panel, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan vowing to inform the international community of the lessons and experiences of the crisis, the problem will likely be how it would engage foreign experts in establishing the facts about the accident, one of the worst in the world.

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