Tokyo ? The nuclear accident at Fukushima last year was a ?man-made disaster? and not only due to the tsunami, a Japanese parliamentary panel said on Thursday in its final report on the catastrophe.

?The Tepco [Tokyo Electric Power Company] Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant accident was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and Tepco, and the lack of governance by said parties,? said the report by the Diet?s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

?They effectively betrayed the nation?s right to be safe from nuclear accidents. Therefore, we conclude that the accident was clearly ?man-made?.

?We believe that the root causes were the organisational and regulatory systems that supported faulty rationales for decisions and actions, rather than issues relating to the competency of any specific individual.?

The probe is the third of its kind in Japan since the world?s worst nuclear crisis in a generation. An earlier report by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) had all but cleared the huge utility, saying the size of the earthquake and tsunami was beyond all expectations and could not reasonably have been foreseen.

Source : AFP

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