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Nuclear safety chief questioned over Fukushima crisis: Report

Published on Feb 3, 2013 5:38 PM
People pray for the restoration of their homes which were destroyed in the 2011 tsunami disaster as they mark New Year's day at sunrise on a beach in Minamisoma, Fukushima prefecture on Jan 1, 2013. --PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese police have questioned a former head of the nuclear safety body regarding possible criminal charges over the Fukushima nuclear crisis, news reports said Sunday.

Prosecutors have interviewed Haruki Madarame, former chief of the Nuclear Safety Commission who was responsible for giving the government technical advice about the crisis, national broadcaster NHK quoted sources as saying.

It said Mr Madarame appeared voluntarily for questioning and was apparently asked to explain how he dealt with the disaster triggered by the March 2011 tsunami.

Fukushima residents have filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against him on suspicion of professional negligence which resulted in deaths and injuries, the public broadcaster said.

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