04 Aug '11, 5am

Japan to sack top nuclear energy officials

Japan to sack top nuclear energy officials

TOKYO - Japan will sack three top energy officials over their handling of the Fukushima atomic plant disaster and scandals that have fueled public mistrust in nuclear policy, the government said Thursday. Banri Kaieda, the minister of economy, trade and industry, told a press conference that he was planning a sweeping personnel change at his powerful ministry, which both promotes and regulates the nuclear industry. Kaieda said the reshuffle aimed to "breathe new life" into the ministry. He signalled that the changes will include his vice minister and the heads of the Agency for Natural Resources and of the watchdog body the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. "Regarding the personnel changes at the ministry of economy, trade and industry, we have been discussing that for about a month," Kaieda told reporters. "It will be on a significant scale." When asked whether the ch...

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