Saturday, April 30, 2011

Nuclear aide to Japan premier resigns

Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has been under fire over the recent nuclear crisis in the country

Source: Press TV

A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has submitted his resignation, alleging the government had ignored his advice on radiation limits and failed to follow the law.

Toshiso Kosako, a Tokyo University professor, who was named last month as an aide to Kan, said the Japanese government had only taken ad hoc measures to contain the crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Al Jazeera reported.

In a tearful press conference, he said the government and its commissions had taken "flexible approaches" to existing laws and regulations, and ignored his advice after he was named an adviser on March 16.

"I cannot help but to think [the prime minister's office and other agencies] are only taking stopgap measures... and delaying the end" of the nuclear crisis, he told reporters.

The expert criticized the government's handling of the crisis and said their action was knee-jerk.

Kosako went on to say that he could not stay on and allow the government to set what he said were improper radiation limits for elementary schools near the crippled plant.

“The expert was particularly critical of the government's nuclear radiation exposure limit. His biggest attack was the government limit for children, which he said was 20 times too high in Fukushima Prefecture."

The expert said the radiation limit for children should have been much lower as they are being exposed to radiation, and that” his recommendations were ignored.”

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