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NEI's Tony Pietrangelo on the Differences Between the Nuclear Industries in the U.S. and Japan

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On July 5, 2012, the Japanese Diet released an independent report concerning the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. That report concluded that the accident was "man-made" and could have been avoided. According to the Chairman of the National Independent Investigation Commission, Tokyo University professor emeritus Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Fukushima was a disaster "Made in Japan ... Its fundamental causes are to be found in the ingrained conventions of Japanese culture: our reflexive obedience; our reluctance to question authority; our devotion to 'sticking with the program,' our groupism, and our insularity." We asked NEI Chief Nuclear Officer Tony Pietrangelo what the chief differences were between the U.S. and Japanese nuclear energy industries.