Japan: New Nuclear Safety agency to come up

The Government of Japan has decided to establish a new nuclear regulatory agency, which shall be under the Environment Ministry rather than the trade ministry. The idea is to increase its independence after the country’s atomic disaster. The current Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has been widely criticised for cosy ties with the nuclear industry under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which promotes nuclear energy. The government now wants to make the agency an affiliate of the Environment Agency.

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