Japan may consider adopting a international convention that defines liability in the event of a nuclear accident, said Goshi Hosono, Japan’s minister in charge of cleaning up the Fukushima Dai-Ichi reactor meltdowns.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled reactors in Fukushima are in a state “equivalent to cold shutdown” even though the definition would be different in the case of an undamaged plant, Goshi Hosono, the minister in charge of responding to the disaster, said today.
Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency will be completely separated from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry following the Fukushima nuclear crisis, said the minister in charge of the government’s response to the disaster.
As a team from the International Atomic Energy Agency visits Tokyo Electric Power Co. ’s crippled nuclear plant today, academics warn the company has failed to disclose the scale of radiation leaks and faces a “massive problem” with contaminated water.
Japan may introduce a carbon tax to curb greenhouse gas emissions amid the increased use of fossil fuels to generate power as nuclear reactors remain shut following the Fukushima disaster, the government said.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition won a majority in an election to parliament’s upper house, offering a broader mandate for reform as he seeks to revive the economy and strengthen defense.