Diet investigative panel: Fukushima nuclear accident was man-made via The Asahi Shimbun

Lambasting both Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the prime minister’s office, the Diet’s task force investigating the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant recommended an overhaul of the government’s crisis management system.

“The accident was not a natural disaster but was apparently a man-made disaster,” the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC), headed by Kiyoshi Kurokawa, said in its final report released on July 5.

The panel concluded, “The crisis management system of the prime minister’s office and the regulatory authorities did not function.”

The NAIIC also criticized TEPCO, operator of the Fukushima No. 1 plant, saying the utility has “organizational problems.”

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