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New NRA probe into Fukushima accident should help better safety

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The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has decided to reopen its investigation into the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after a five-year hiatus.

The watchdog suspended the inquiry after releasing an interim report on the issue.

As radiation levels within the buildings housing the crippled reactors have fallen, the NRA decided the time is ripe to restart the investigation.

The decision is timely, given that the ongoing process of decommissioning could make it ever more difficult to fathom what exactly took place.

Since it is still impossible to scrutinize conditions inside the reactors, the investigation is unlikely to clarify the entire picture. Still, even a limited investigation offers the prospect of important lessons and insights.

The NRA, established in the aftermath of the disaster, is responsible for identifying and analyzing the causes of the accident as well as the damage it incurred while ensuring the overall safety of the nation's nuclear........

© The Asahi Shimbun