The Japanese Government under Prime Minister Noda has been working hard to show that they are taking the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident very seriously. They have been huddled and worked hard to show the world that they aren’t hiding anything. They have been working hard to show their citizens that they should trust them.
Like the bungling idiots that they are, they show that they have not learned anything. The problem is that they forget that there just might be people out there that aren’t fooled by their “shell” game. Please watch the pea.
The Noda Cabinet takes the Nuclear and Industrial Agency (under the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry) and combines it with the Nuclear Safety Commission ( under the Ministry of Environment ) to form the Nuclear Safety Agency ( affiliated with the Ministry of Environment). Did you follow the pea? Which shell is it under?
The answer is the pea is under the Ministry of Environment. The Nuclear Safety Agency ,which one would assume should be independent and not under the influence of any Ministry, is under the Ministry of Environment. Goshi Hosono is the winner of this shell game. But, not quite. The staff of the Nuclear and Industrial Agency that used to promote nuclear power, moved over and became part of Goshi’s new Nuclear Safety Commission. Win-Win for everybody but the citizens of Japan.
How funny is that? Did anything change? Well, they do have a new name, and some of the workers have to drive a different route to work,but essentially it’s business as usual for the Nuclear Safety Commission.
The Government of Japan insults, yet again, its citizens by doing this. There is nothing that was gained by creating the Nuclear Safety Commission, unless we are the ones that made a mistake. Maybe that’s it. It seems that the Nuclear Safety Commission was created to ensure the safety of the Government of Japan’s nuclear interests.
My mistake. I had assumed that the Nuclear Safety Commission was created to ensure the safety of the citizens of Japan by making sure that those issues like the TEPCO safety documents that were ” altered” and approved, which resulted in this disaster, would not happen again. But, I was wrong.
Why would the Government of Japan do anything differently? They have shown time and time again that they are protecting their interests, not their citizens.
This one is a WIN for the Government and a LOSE for the citizens of Japan.
Cabinet establishes Nuclear Safety Agency
On August 15, a Cabinet decision combined the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) with the Nuclear Safety Commission (NSC) to form the Nuclear Safety Agency, affiliated to the Ministry of the Environment. Up to now, the NSC was an advisory committee to the Prime Minister, and NISA had been affiliated to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
For quite some time, there have been strong opinions advocating NISA’s independence from METI, which promotes nuclear power. METI was reluctant to allow the separation of NISA, but the situation took on a changed complexion as criticism focused on NISA’s approach to the crisis during the early stages of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The separation was accelerated when it was discovered that NISA had instructed electric power companies to arrange for nuclear power proponents to express opinions supporting nuclear power at METI-sponsored symposiums and hearings.
The creation of the Nuclear Safety Agency has raised many doubts as to whether its independence can be protected as a regulatory agency. Also, by integrating NSC with NISA, the double-check function of the NSC will be lost, despite the notion that it might be better to strengthen the double-check function. There also remain doubts as to how moving the affiliation from METI to the Ministry of the Environment will solve the problem. While the Ministry of the Environment may not promote nuclear power as forcefully as METI does, since the independence of the new agency cannot be guaranteed, nothing much will change.
More than anything, the problem is that it appears that the same people who staffed the NSC secretariat and NISA are to be transferred to the Ministry of the Environment. With their engrained attitudes toward nuclear power, it is unclear whether or not they will be capable of assuming the consciousness of a serious regulatory administration.