US task force lays out priorities for post-quake Japan

Japan should shore up its nuclear safety credibility and prime its economy to bounce back from the quake-tsunami disaster, a US task force said.

A team from the Center for Strategic and International Studies CSIS think-tank spent much of the last six months in Japan observing the aftermath of the March 11 natural disaster and subsequent nuclear crisis, then issued a report offering key recommendations on disaster preparedness, economics, health, nuclear energy and civil society.

Among the most urgent was the call for an independent, international study of Japans low-dose, long-term radiation problem and how to resolve "outstanding safety issues" sparked by the fuel meltdown at the Fukushima plant.

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