Friday, August 5, 2011

Japan dismisses three senior officials responsible for managing earthquake

The Government of Japan will cut three senior officials responsible for nuclear policy for his role in crisis management at the plant in Fukushima, said the Japanese Minister of Industry, Banri Kaieda. Those affected are the Deputy Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Kazuo Matsunaga, the agency responsible for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety, Tetsuhiro Hosono, and the head of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Tetsuhiro Hosono.

Kaieda himself, he did not say when executed layoffs announced this week his intention to resign by the confusion about the revival of the crippled nuclear reactors in Japan, but also set a date for his departure. 70 percent of the 54 reactors of the Japanese archipelago are arrested following the crisis in the Fukushima nuclear power unleashed by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11.

Many of the nuclear units were stalled even before the catastrophe that routine inspections to which the law obliges Japan. After the tsunami, none of them resumed their operations to the mistrust of the population for what happened at the plant in Fukushima, the epicenter of the worst nuclear crisis in 25 years.

In the coming months the 16 reactors that are now active will have to stop in stages to undergo routine checks, so, not to resume operations at any of the unemployed, Japan will be no active nuclear power plants for spring 2012. Kaieda was criticized in early July because it said the reopening of the reactor was safe, just days before the Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, indicating that resistance testing should be conducted at all plants to ensure their safety.

Before the catastrophe of March, Japan obtained 30 percent of its electricity from nuclear power plants. This has left the country in a situation of power shortage that has forced the government to ask companies and households in many regions to strive to save up to 15 percent of energy this summer to avoid power outages.

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