The Fukushima disaster was first and foremost a problem of technical failures, he added, and correcting its mistakes would require both technical and institutional reforms.
Japan has already taken over TEPCO, which was unable to pay the high costs it incurred from the accident and its aftermath.
Former Prime Minister Kahn also promised last year to split the governmental agencies that promote and regulate the nuclear industry, much as the U.S. Interior Department split up the Minerals Management Service after the BP PLC Gulf of Mexico oil spill. That institutional change has not yet taken place.
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