"Panel Confirms Fix Was in at Nuclear Public Meetings"

"An independent investigation panel has confirmed that [Japan's] Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency asked utilities in at least three cases to mobilize their employees for government-sponsored symposiums on nuclear power and express supportive or neutral opinions."

"According to an interim report by the panel disclosed Tuesday, NISA made such requests for three symposiums to explain to nearby residents the use of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel for the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture, the Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture and the Hamaoka plant in Shizuoka Prefecture.

For the Genkai and Ikata symposiums, held in 2005 and 2006, the director of NISA's public relations office told Kyushu Electric Power Co. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. to get their employees or related people to participate in the symposiums and state their opinions."

Kazuaki Nagata reports for the Japan Times August 31, 2011.

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"U.N. Nuclear Safety Proposals Weakened: Diplomats" (Reuters)

Source: Japan Times, 08/31/2011