Japan's government decided on Tuesday to formally launch its new nuclear regulator on September 19th.
The creation of the nuclear watchdog comes more than 18 months after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The new nuclear regulatory commission will be largely independent of the government and replaces the current Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. The agency was controlled by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which has promoted nuclear power, and was criticized for a lack of independence following the disaster.
The new commission will oversee a new nuclear regulatory agency consisting of some 500 personnel.
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )
The parents of a nightclub worker killed in an arson fire three years ago filed a suit in the Nagoya District Court on Monday seeking damages against top members of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group. (Tokyo Reporter )
Kyodo News said Monday that it has dismissed Satoshi Kondo, 51, deputy chief of its general administration bureau and former personnel affairs division chief, for meeting individually with a female student searching for a job and doing an inappropriate act.
(Jiji Press )