[Nuclear Regulatory Agency] Briefing of LDP-Komeito Counterproposal by Yasuhisa Shiozaki
2012/4/24 an interview with Yasuhisa Shiozaki, a member of the House of Representatives (Liberal Democratic Party) on the counterproposal by the opposition parties to the government’s bill on Nuclear Regulatory Agency @ Lower House Member’s Hall (interviewer: Tomoyuki Isoyama, economic journalist).
Isoyama: Although the government had planned to start the new Nuclear Regulatory Agency on April 1 by the bill it submitted to the Diet, the opposition parties suspended Diet discussions on the bill and proposed a counterproposal. In the first place, what’s the difference between the government’s plan and the opposition’s?
Shiozaki: To begin with, there are problematic points with the existing nuclear regulatory structure. One is that there are contradicting interests between the nuclear-propeller and the safety-controller within the same organization, leading to that the controller considers the feelings of the propeller. This is how the community has been widely known as the “nuclear village”. This is the first problem.
I: The same Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) have the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE), Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA), and the bureau having jurisdiction over the power industry.
S: ANRE is the nuclear-propeller, and as its counterpart there has been NISA as the controller. However, the logic of ANRE tended to be predominant and hindered the safety because both the agencies are affiliated with the same organization. It caused the sloppy supervision over the industry.
I: You mean that NISA, the safety-controller, and the METI’s concerned bureau and ANRE, the nuclear-propeller, have worked as one despite their differences in appearance. Is there a specific case that the propellers took the initiative and hindered the safety as a result?
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