Japan's Kaieda: to take blame for nuclear restart confusion

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Posted: Jul 06, 2011 10:53 PM
Japan's Kaieda: to take blame for nuclear restart confusion

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda said on Thursday he would take responsibility for confusion on nuclear power restarts at a suitable time.

"When the time is right, I will take responsibility," Kaieda said in a parliamentary committee when urged by an opposition lawmaker to resign.

Japan's first restart of nuclear power plants since a devastating earthquake in March was thrown into doubt after the government's surprise announcement on Wednesday it was planning stress tests for all nuclear facilities.

(Reporting by Rie Ishiguro; Editing by Joseph Radford)