Summary Box: Japan nuclear regulatory system

AP News
Posted: Mar 09, 2012 12:24 PM
Summary Box: Japan nuclear regulatory system

SLOW TO ACT: One year after three reactors melted down, the Japanese government has not appointed committee members to scrutinize officials landing jobs in the industries they regulate.

LITTLE CHANGE: Nuclear regulators in Japan are part of the trade ministry, which promotes nuclear power, rather than the environment ministry, as the government proposed.

MOST REACTORS DOWN: One of the few measures introduced is a new regime of safety checks reactors must pass before they are restarted once they're shut down for regularly scheduled inspections. So far, none has gotten the go-ahead to restart, leaving only two of 54 reactors running.