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JAPANESE GOVT PLANS TO REPLACE THREE FAILED NUCLEAR POLICY MINISTERS – MAYBE

03 Aug 2011

Reuters reported on 03 Aug 2011 that Japan sacked three(3) senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy, holding them to account for a series of scandals which have broken out in recent weeks over the government’s cozy relationship with the power industry, and their mishandling of the ongoing Fukushima Tragedy.

Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, who oversees energy policy, said he “PLANS TO REPLACE three senior officials” in the ministry following the crisis at the Fukushima power plant, the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. The three officials are (1)Kazuo Matsunaga, the top bureaucrat at the trade ministry, (2)Nobuaki Terasaka, head of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, and (3)Tetsuhiro Hosono, head of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.

Trade Minister Kaieda said: “I’m planning to breathe fresh air into the ministry with a large-scale reshuffle…This is what I’ve been thinking for about a month. I’ll have new people rebuild the ministry.”  Kaieda played a key role in THE MIS-handling OF the Fukushima crisis, and has said he intends to step down to take responsibility for missteps, vowed to carry out major personnel changes in his Ministry’s personnel,  but DID NOT SAY WHEN, OR EVEN WHEN HE WILL RETIRE. The Asahi reported that after sacking the three officials, Kaieda himself intended to quit as soon as possible. Last month, he broke down in tears at a parliamentary hearing after being hounded by an opposition lawmaker about the timing of his resignation.  BUT HE DID NOT SAY WHEN!

Japanese Prime Minister(P.M.) Naoto Kan who has advocated gradually withdrawing Japan from its dependence on nuclear power, HAS EXPRESSED GROWING DISTRUST toward Kaieda’s Trade Ministry, who has even promoted atomic energy.  P.M.  Kan himself is highly unpopular, and has been fighting calls from his own party to step down; However, he was instrumental in the decision to fire the three(3) officials, per the Asahi Shimbun. The Government also PLANS TO form a new, more independent atomic safety regulator by separating it from the Trade Ministry, MAKING TOUGHER STANDARDS LIKELY. Hmm! Where have we heard that before? (our own NRC perhaps?) Just talk; that, is all ! IN SHORT, THEY PLAN A LOT, AND ACCOMPLISH MUCH LESS.

For the complete, contradictory and ambivalent story see:  (Reuters – no less!)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/04/us-japan-nuclear-idUSTRE77212020110804

MY TAKE:

When covering Japanese politics, Even Reuters has difficulty in telling the difference between PLANS and ACTUAL ACTION. – PROBLEM APPEARS TO BE that Japanese Politicians are so obsessed with “Saving Face”, that they seldom “Tell it like It is”.  Despite its headline, this article is not about “sacking” three politicians, but rather about “Plans to replace”.  Every negative comment made by politicians in Japan, is intended to shame other politicians into resignation, rather than to oust them.

UNFORTUNATELY, in Japan, and everywhere else it seems, Politicians are “case hardened” against negative comments;  Especially so, when they have “cozy arrangements” to comply with.  The same comments may be made of P.M. Naoto Kahn and Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, who are so sorry that they actually cry, but DO NOT RESIGN.  We do things very differently in the United States.  Here the Energy Barons always get their way, but they never cry – except all the way to the bank!  NO REASON TO BRAG, OR TO FEEL SUPERIOR, WE ARE NOT!  We are just different !

gonzedo

 

August 3, 2011 at 11:57 PM Comment (1)