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Japan's nuclear safety record criticised by regulator

Japan's nuclear safety record criticised by regulator

Updated 17 May 2013, 14:49 AEST

Japan's nuclear watchdog has refused to give the go-ahead to commission an experimental fast-breeder reactor due to safety concerns.

The Monju reactor in the Fukui prefecture has been closed for almost two decades after a leak and a fire in 1995.

The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority has blasted Monju's operator for its lack of a safety culture, saying it deserved severe action.

The decision comes as dealing with Japan's stockpile of nuclear waste becomes more urgent.

Reporter: Karon Snowdon

Speakers: Professor Andrew O'Neil, Director of the Griffith University Asia Institute; Hajime Matsukubo, International relations director of Tokyo's Citizens Nuclear Information Centre

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