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Nuclear risk center chief urges change in mindset

Oct. 1, 2014

The head of Japan's newly established Nuclear Risk Research Center has urged everyone involved with nuclear energy to change their mindset.

The center opened on Wednesday as part of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, which is run jointly by Japanese power companies.

Center chief George Apostolakis served on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission until June. He specializes in analyzing risks at nuclear plants.

The center's aim is to pinpoint such risks, including those at plants that have met government requirements to restart, and to help power companies fix the problems.

Apostolakis said Japan has been slow to introduce risk analysis, perhaps because most people think everything that meets government requirements is safe. He added that such attitudes must change, to ensure safety.

Source: NHK
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