New nuclear watchdog for Japan
on 19/09/2012 09:02:42
Japan began reviewing its energy policies following the Fukushima crisis.
Before the accident, resource-poor Japan relied on nuclear power for one-third of its energy and had planned to raise that to 50%.
Officials said the five-member Nuclear Regulation Authority, headed by nuclear physicist Shunichi Tanaka, was inaugurated after months of delay due to opposition.
Last week a Cabinet advisory panel proposed a new national energy policy aimed at phasing out nuclear power over the next three decades.
The Cabinet was due to approve the policy today but reports said members would endorse only some aspects of the sweeping policy revisions.