The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident

February 29, 2012

The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident was established by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.

The foundation is headed by Yoichi Funabashi, the former editor-in-chief of The Asahi Shimbun.

Members of the so-called “private investigatory committee” questioned politicians, bureaucrats and others.

It marked the first time that former Prime Minister Naoto Kan agreed to being questioned by an investigatory committee.

As the committee did not have official investigatory powers, Tokyo Electric Power Co. rejected requests from members to question its executives.

The commission has released its findings and recommendations in a 420-page report that is aimed at the public both in Japan and around the world, as well as those directly impacted by the disaster.

The government, the Diet and TEPCO have also organized investigations into the accidents.

TEPCO agreed to allow its executives to be questioned by members of the government’s investigatory committee.

The Diet’s investigatory committee will summon concerned parties as sworn witnesses by exercising its investigatory rights on national politics.

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