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Japan Fukushima probe panel urges new disaster prevention steps, mindset

Source(s):  Thomson Reuters

"Both the government and companies should establish a new philosophy of disaster prevention that requires safety and disaster measures against any massive accident and disaster regardless of event probability," the a report requested by the Japanese government found, reports Alertnet.

"The Fukushima crisis occurred because people didn't take the impact of natural disasters so seriously," said University of Tokyo engineering professor Yotaro Hatamura to a news conference.

Contrary to the findings of the report by Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which blamed the disaster entirely on the tsunami, the government-appointed panel found that there was no proof the earthquake was a key factor in the disaster but added that some impact could not be ruled out.

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  • Publication date 23 Jul 2012

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