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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Nuclear safety chief Haruki Madarame questioned over Fukushima: report

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 AFP


Fukushima
In this March 15, 2011 photo, smoke rises from the badly damaged Unit 3 reactor, left, next to the Unit 4 reactor covered by an outer wall at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex. Picture: AP Source: AP

JAPANESE police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body regarding possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Prosecutors have interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, national broadcaster NHK quoted sources as saying.
It said Mr Madarame appeared voluntarily for questioning and was apparently asked to explain how he dealt with the disaster triggered by the March 2011 tsunami.
Fukushima residents have filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against Mr Madarame on suspicion of professional negligence which resulted in deaths and injuries, the public broadcaster said.
The complaint alleges that Mr Madarame was responsible for a delay in announcing data predicting how radiation would spread from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, it said.

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