Ineligible corporate governance

Tokyo

Regarding the Sept. 17 AP article “Head of nuclear disaster investigation defends report“: Columbia University professor Gerald Curtis misses the point when he criticizes the report issued by Kiyoshi Kurokawa’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission.

Curtis is quoted in the article as saying: “One searches in vain through these pages (of the report) for anyone to blame. To pin the blame on culture is the ultimate cop-out. If culture explains behavior, then no one has to take responsibility.”

This isn’t a cop-out, it is the ultimate “cop-in.” The message here is that Japan does not have an appropriate form of corporate governance to be allowed to operate nuclear power plants. As an “expert” on Japan, Curtis should know this.

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andrew coad