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A government panel decided on Dec.10th that the Japan Atomic Energy Commission, which played a key role in promoting nuclear power in Japan before the Fukushima nuclear crisis, should continue to exist but with scaled-down functions.

The commission has existed from the time Japan started nuclear power development more than 50 years ago, but its main task from now on should be the “management” of nuclear matters, rather than promotion, the panel said in a report.

It will also focus on efforts to improve the transparency of management of the country’s plutonium stockpiles under a policy to use nuclear power only for peaceful purposes, as well as on nonproliferation and radioactive waste disposal issues.

 

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Beleaguered Japan Atomic Energy Commission to survive but in lesser role (Japan Times)


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