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Cover-up of estimated costs to dispose of radioactive waste raises serious questions via The Mainichi Daily News

Revelations that officials from the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy concealed the estimated costs of disposing of spent nuclear fuel highlights the distorted logic of government officials who stick to reprocessing radioactive waste even by lying.

The cover-up is essentially similar to a case in which some high-ranking government officials hid a 2002 Russian diplomatic document in which Moscow offered to accept spent nuclear fuel from Japan, in that both helped promote the reprocessing of radioactive waste at a plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.

The government’s panel on energy and environmental policies is under mounting pressure to hold thorough and transparent discussions on Japan’s new energy policy.

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