NE Japan Earthquake Day 50: Nuclear Safety Professor Kosako Resigns from Government in Protest of its Fukushima Response; Prime Minister Kan Apologizes After Top LDP Adviser’s Criticism

Nuclear Safety Professor Kosako Resigns from Government in Protest of its Fukushima Response
Yomiuri Shimbun: 小佐古参与「官邸の対応場当たり的」と辞職届
Staff Report, April 29, 2011

Doctor Toshisō Kosako, Professor of Radiation Safety at Tokyo University, said in a Parliament press conference on the 29th that he had resigned from the Cabinet position he assumed last month because of the government’s response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster, saying “its actions have been unlawful, and it isn’t clear who’s making the decisions. I cannot accept that.” His resignation is effective on the 30th.

On the night of the 29th, Dr. Kosako visited the Prime Minister’s residence and requested a meeting with him. It was not granted, so the secretariat received and confirmed his resignation.

In a press interview afterward, Dr. Kosako said his resignation was based on “the government’s actions at the site of the disaster. I made many suggestions, but they weren’t accepted.”

In particular, he criticized the government’s request that elementary schools and other campuses with radiation levels above 20 millisieverts continue to be used: “I can’t forgive them for their willingness to put elementary school students in such conditions.”

Prime Minister Kan Apologizes After Top LDP Adviser’s Criticism
Yomiuri Shimbun: 首相「おわび申し上げたい」最高顧問の苦言に
Staff Report, April 29, 2011

“For him to simply say ‘join the Cabinet’ over the phone shows obvious political inexperience.”

In a Lower House budget meeting on the 29th, top Liberal Democratic Party adviser Kōzō Watanabe had harsh words for Prime Minister Kan of the Democratic Party of Japan, who on March 19, a week after the Great Tōhoku Earthquake, called LDP President Tanigaki and asked him to join the Cabinet.

Mr. Watanabe said, “It wasn’t wrong to ask Mr. Tanigaki for help, but the way he did it was wrong…I would have come to the LDP Headquarters, offered Mr. Tanigaki my hand, and said ‘For the sake of our country, please become the Prime Minister. I will serve under you.’ That would be an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

Prime Minister Kan listened docilely and responded, “My attitude was lacking in many respects, and I apologize.” In response to another question about the affair from LDP Government Oversight Chairman Ishiba, the Prime Minister said, “It definitely wasn’t appropriate, and I regret my imprudence.”






(2011年4月29日21時42分 読売新聞)





(2011年4月29日20時33分 読売新聞)

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