Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Japanese Prime Minister resigns his salary to control the nuclear crisis

Tokyo. .- Japan's Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, said giving up his salary until the crisis is controlled at the Fukushima nuclear plant, not expected before the end of the year and considered necessary to review the country's energy policy. Khan raised the need, following the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11, to review the energy policy of Japan, a country that makes little use of renewable energies and relies heavily on nuclear energy.

"As far as wind and solar energy our country is lagging behind, so let's lead the way in this regard as they are doing other Western countries," said Khan. "Regarding nuclear power, we will study ways to get an even more secure," said the prime minister, referring to the crisis still open in the Fukushima plant as a result of the disaster.

Khan also spoke of promoting a system that encourages energy conservation, and announced it would return his salary as prime minister until the nuclear crisis is resolved. Chubu Electric Power yesterday agreed to freeze the Hamaoka nuclear power plant for safety, which may complicate the power supply in Japan.

Khan reiterated that the responsibility for the accident lies with the operator of the plant in Fukushima, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), and said he believes the creation of an independent commission of inquiry to analyze the causes of the accident. "I will take the data from this accident to the international community in order to contribute to a nuclear energy supply more secure now," said Khan.

Khan admitted last week that his government's response to the earthquake of 11 March was "inadequate in multiple respects" and urged his ministers to share more information to solve the crisis.

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