TOKYO Nikkei–The Nuclear Safety Commission said Monday that it will start issuing forecasts of how airborne radioactive material may be spreading out by the hour from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.Starting Tuesday, the commissions Web site will show hour-by-hour data from SPEEDI, a system that analyzes and predicts dispersal of radioactive material in the event of a nuclear emergency.Run by the government-affiliated Nuclear Safety Technology Center, the system has taken flak for publishing results just twice since the Fukushima crisis began, despite 11.3 billion yen in development and operating costs.Goshi Hosono, a special adviser to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, apologized to the public Monday for the lack of information. Speaking at the first-ever news conference by the governments Fukushima accident task force, where he is the administrative chief, he blamed poor interagency coordination.

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