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Japan’s nuclear safety chief grilled over Fukushima

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The former head of Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission, Karuki Madarame, has been questioned by police and prosecutors regarding his performance during the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, Agence France-Presse reports.

Residents of Fukushima have filed a criminal complaint against Madarame, alleging professional negligence both before and after the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The complaint holds Madarame responsible for failing to secure the facility prior to the earthquake, making the meltdown possible, and for delaying an announcement of how radiation from the meltdown would spread, leading to deaths and injuries. Prosecutors are expected to decide on whether or not to file charges against Madarame as early as March this year.

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