The Prime Minister Noda appointed new nuclear power regulation authority members without gaining the parliament’s approval. All the staff working for the NRA is from old system of nuclear power group.
There is still luck of transparency – The New nuclear regulation agency banned Akahata newspaper reporters and some freelance journalists to attend their press conference recently. Akahata newspapers is one of a few newspapers that report the truth about Fukushima. Also one of very popular radio show called “Tanamaki Journal” was made to stop broadcasting from 1st Of October, 2012. Since Fukushima disaster happened, nuclear engineer Prof. Koide* appeared on the show almost every day to warn the citizens to get out of Fukushima while the government kep saying it’s safe, to inform what was going on in the Fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant and to answer questions from the listeners. So many people including me have been benefiting from his knowledge. I wouldn’t be writing this blog unless I learned so much from him through the show.
*Mr. Koide works at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute as an assistant professor and has been campaigning against nuclear for over 40 years in Japan. He published several books to reveal a myth of nuclear power energy, and toured around Japan to give lectures (which are highly popular) to inform citizens the truth about Fukushima disaster and the danger the radiation.
Reference: The Truth About Nuclear Power http://www.japanfocus.org/-Koide-Hiroaki/3582