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  •  Newly appointed nuclear adviser resigns (6+ / 0-)

    A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan submitted his resignation Friday, saying the government had ignored his advice and failed to follow the law.

    Toshiso Kosako, a Tokyo University professor who was named last month as an advisor to Kan, said the government had only taken ad hoc measures to contain the crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    In a tearful press conference, he said the government and its commissions had taken "flexible approaches" to existing laws and regulations, and ignored his advice after he was named an advisor on March 16.

    "I cannot help but to think (the prime minister's office and other agencies) are only taking stopgap measures... and delaying the end" of the nuclear crisis, he told reporters.

    Others have simply gotten old. I prefer to think I've been tempered by time.

    by Just Bob on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 06:48:57 AM PDT

    •  More details about the resignation (4+ / 0-)

      One story I read indicated that academics are a part of the nuclear boys club in Japan. Academics who don't do industry-friendly research find themselves without funding for their projects and they have no upward career paths available to them. Professor Kosako was unusually direct in his criticisms given the fact that he is part of the system rather than being an outsider.

      Radiation adviser to Kan to quit over gov't nuke crisis response - The Mainichi Daily News

      It is extremely rare for an intellectual adviser appointed by the prime minister to resign in protest at measures the government has taken.

      He told the news conference at the Diet building it is problematic for the government to have delayed the release of forecasts on the spread of radiation from the Fukushima plant, done by the Nuclear Safety Technology Center's computer system, called the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information, or SPEEDI.

      He also blasted the government for hiking the upper limit for emergency workers seeking to bring the crippled plant under control to 250 millisieverts from 100 millisieverts after the crisis broke out.

      "The prime minister's office and administrative organizations have made impromptu policy decisions, like playing a whack-a-mole game, ignoring proper procedures," the radiation expert said.

      He also urged the government to stiffen guidelines on upper limits on radiation levels the education ministry recently announced as allowable levels for primary school grounds in Fukushima Prefecture, where the radiation-leaking plant is located.

      The guidelines announced by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology "are inconsistent with internationally commonsensical figures and they were determined by the administration to serve its interests," he said.

      (Mainichi Japan) April 30, 2011

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