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Emergency drill omitted meltdowns via The Japan Times

A government-affiliated body tasked with planning what was to be the first nuclear emergency drill since the nuclear catastrophe omitted a reactor meltdown scenario from its simulations, according to a draft of the plan.

The Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization said such a simulation “would stir concerns among local residents,” but the exclusion of a meltdown scenario has been criticized as an inadequate response to the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, where three reactors experienced meltdowns.

The organization has provided working-level support for the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. It will be integrated into a replacement nuclear regulatory agency that will be created based on a law enacted June 20 and which the government says will be more independent.

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