Ogata casts doubt on widsom of exporting nuclear plant technology via The Asahi Shimbun

CAIRO–Veteran diplomat Sadako Ogata, president of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), has taken issue with the government’s drive to export nuclear plant technology.

While prefacing her comment as her own personal opinion, Ogata, 84, said, “I wonder if it is appropriate to take technology that did not work well in one’s own nation to the outside world.”

She voiced her opinion during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun. Ogata will step down as JICA president at the end of this month.

The export of nuclear plant technology is being promoted by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, which was reorganized after being integrated with the JICA as well as departments that used to handle yen loans, and other government organizations.

Referring to the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant a year ago, Ogata said, “This occurred in a nation like Japan, where technology is advanced and which should have been cautious about nuclear energy based on its experience with Hiroshima and Nagasaki (both cities were leveled by atomic bombs in 1945). We have to admit that it was a failure.”

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