Japan’s former nuclear regulatory chief held 30 illegal meetings

The former director general of Japan’s fourth-month old Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) held more than 30 private meetings with power company executives, in clear violation of rules prohibiting the watchdog’s officials from participating in such meetings alone, The Japan Times reports.

Tetsuo Nayuki headed up the NRA, which was created in the wake of Fukushima to reform the country’s nuclear regulatory structure and address the problem of regulators being too cozy with nuclear power producers. He was removed from the post in early February 2013, after it came to light that he’d passed on a draft report by NRA experts to Japan Atomic Power about a critical geological survey of a potentially active fault underneath the company’s Tsuruga nuclear complex.

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