TOKYO (majirox news) – Toshiso Kosako, a Tokyo University professor and special advisor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan, submitted his resignation April 29. He criticized the government for taking stopgap measures and failing to contain the crisis at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
He said the government and its commissions had not followed existing laws and regulations and ignored his advice after he was named an advisor on March 16.
“I cannot help but to think (the prime minister’s office and other agencies) are only taking ad hoc measures and delaying the end of the nuclear crisis,” he tearfully told reporters. “Tokyo officials had drafted measures to deal with the accident that were not in strict accordance with the law, and the decision-making process had been unclear.”
Kosako, an expert on radiation safety, added that there was no point staying as the Kan administration had ignored him
No details were given if the government would accept his resignation, but his remarks were yet another blow to Kan, who has been criticized for his handling of the nuclear crisis.