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.”

Original/原稿:

首相「おわび申し上げたい」最高顧問の苦言に

「電話で『入閣してくれ』と言うのは、やっぱり政治の経験が浅い」。

民主党の渡部恒三最高顧問は29日の衆院予算委員会で、菅首相が東日本大震災後の先月19日、自民党の谷垣総裁に電話で入閣要請したことに苦言を呈した。

渡部氏は、「谷垣氏に連立を求めたのは間違いなかったが、やり方が違う」とし、「私なら自民党本部に行き、手をついて谷垣氏に『国のために、あなたが首相になってください。私は副総理でお仕えします』と言っただろう。そうしたら谷垣氏も断れなかった」と語った。

神妙な表情で聞き入っていた首相は、答弁で「色々な面で私の態度が不十分だったことをおわび申し上げたい」と陳謝。その後、同様に入閣要請を質問で取り上げた自民党の石破政調会長に対しても、首相は「必ずしも適切ではなかった。思慮に欠けていたと反省している」と答えた。
(2011年4月29日21時42分 読売新聞)

小佐古参与「官邸の対応場当たり的」と辞職届

東京電力福島第一原子力発電所の事故への対応に当たるため、先月、内閣官房参与に任命された小佐古敏荘(こさことしそう)・東大教授(放射線安全学)は29日、国会内で記者会見し、「政府の対応は法にのっとっておらず、誰が決定したのかも明らかでなく、納得できない」として30日付で参与を辞任することを明らかにした。

小佐古氏は29日夕、首相官邸を訪れ、菅首相との面会を求めたが、実現せず、秘書官を通じて辞職願を提出、受理された。

その後、記者会見した小佐古氏は、辞任理由について、「今回の原子力災害で、官邸の対応はその場限りで場当たり的だ。提言の多くが受け入れられなかった」と語った。

具体的には、年間被曝(ひばく)放射線量20ミリ・シーベルトを上限に小学校などの校庭利用を認めた政府の安全基準について、「この数値を小学生などに求めることは許し難い」と指摘した。
(2011年4月29日20時33分 読売新聞)

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