August 15th, 2011
07:51 PM ET

Japan redesigns nuclear safety agency after Fukushima

Japan's nuclear safety agency will be placed under the control of the country's Environment Ministry, a top government official announced Monday in a move stemming from the triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Monday's decision will take the day-to-day regulation of nuclear plants out from under the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry, which has promoted the use of nuclear energy, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

The agency has been tentatively designated the Nuclear Safety Agency, but Edano said he and other Cabinet members hope to add the word "regulatory" to the name before long.

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  1. banasy©

    After the disaster following the earthquake/tsunami, Japan had no choice but to do this.
    I hope this helps.

    August 15, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    I recall them saying that there was NO meltdown. Little by little news came out that there were . They also said there had been no fatalities. I hope there were none.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    and why is it relevant? the changing of the guards? It's not like the new guys can clean up this nuclear mess.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. raven

    I agree Mmmmm, I dont think it can be cleaned up by anyone at this point . The damage has been done. I think its gonna be like Chernobyl :a big scab.

    August 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Hello ? Is this thing on ?

    August 15, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Humber

    Yes, raven. We can hear you.
    The Ja-
    ese are very intelligent and calculating. They could have planned building the reactors carefully enough to avoid this with the information that they had at the time, but TEPCO would have had to spend extra money in building them.
    Did you ever hear of the bottom line?
    Welcome to Gamblers Anonymous.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |