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TOKYO (AFP) – A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan submitted his resignation on 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.

Tokyo officials had drafted measures to deal with the accident that were not in strict accordance with the law, and the decision-making process had been unclear, he said.

“There is no point for me to be here,” as the Kan administration had failed to listen to him, said Kosako, an expert on radiation safety.

via Japan prime minister’s nuclear adviser resigns – Yahoo! News.


Goshi Hosono, secretary-general of the government joint task force, has declared that education-related issues will not be covered by the conferences, but reporters questions for several days nonetheless centered on government set limits on radiation exposure for outdoor activities of elementary and junior high school students. Currently those activities are restricted when the annual dose of radiation exceeds 20 millisieverts, but this has become a controversial issue.It was pointed out by reporters that an NSC member who was said to have suggested the upper limit had actually been opposed to it. They sought a disclosure of the details of that matter and asked that the NSC member attend at a later conference.However, the task force secretariat declined to comply, repeating that the government had gone through the proper procedures in setting the standards and stirring protest from the journalists.

via Combined govt and TEPCO news conferences dont appear to be improvement – The Mainichi Daily News.


TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials under public pressure to streamline information flows about the crisis at a radiation-spewing nuclear plant came up with a solution: They merged four separate daily briefings into one.

The result is a marathon of highly technical information delivered in dull and excruciating detail that regularly drags on for four hours or more, to the dismay of the patiently long-suffering reporters.

To some, this dragged-out daily rundown has become another symbol of Japan’s cultural passion for process — the very opposite of the decisive, topdown leadership that some experts say is desperately needed during the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

“What is missing is one strong balanced leadership to align everything toward one goal,” said Shuri Fukunaga, managing director of Burson-Marsteller in Tokyo, who consults companies and governments about crisis communications.

via Long, polite briefings reflect Japan crisis style – The Mainichi Daily News