Japan from the inside out

Ichigen Koji (12)

Posted by ampontan on Thursday, June 2, 2011

– A person who has something to say about everything.

“What position did Terasaki Nobuaki, the head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, hold before his current job? According to Kaieda Banri, the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, he was the deputy director-general for commerce and distribution policy. That’s correct, Mr. Terasaki is not an expert on nuclear policy. In his previous position, he was responsible for department stores. That’s how the top position at NISA is monopolized by administrative bureaucrats with a bachelor’s degree in law. That agency has provided oversight and regulation for the electric power industry.

“Hasn’t the monopolization of this position by the bureaucrats hindered the effectiveness of NISA as a regulatory agency? Mr. Kaieda said, “(Terasaki) doesn’t work on-site. As long as he is knowledgeable about the administration of nuclear power safety from an overall perspective, he can sufficiently perform his job.” I am surprised at that string of justifications.”

– Kakizawa Mito / Your Party lower house MP

(During Question Time in the Diet in May 2010, Mr. Terasaki was asked about the possibility that a nuclear accident could occur as a result of a natural disaster. He answered, “It is virtually impossible (an accident) could happen.”)

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