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New nuke agency to have 500 staff, ¥50 billion budget: Hosono via The Japan Times Online

The new nuclear safety agency to be launched in April under the Environment Ministry will consist of about 500 staff members and is expected to secure some ¥50 billion in the fiscal 2012 budget, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said Tuesday.

The figures are larger both in terms of the organization’s scale and budget compared with the existing nuclear regulatory body, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, which has around 400 personnel and a budget of about ¥40 billion. NISA, a part of the trade ministry, will be integrated into the new agency.

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