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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Japan PM criticizes nuclear safety agency

Japan’s prime minister on Sunday criticized the country’s nuclear safety agency for allegedly trying to plant questions aimed at supporting atomic energy at public forums.

Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency was siding with the industry rather than acting as a regular. He said it underscored a cozy relationship and the deep-rooted problem that must be corrected in the wake of the March 11 tsunami and the nuclear crisis.

"NISA, which is supposed to check nuclear safety to represent the interest of the general public, provided support for the promoters. It was more than just a help, if true," Kan said at an energy symposium.

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