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The seven-member Consumer Safety Investigation Commission, which was inaugurated in October, has chosen five accidents as initial targets for investigation.

It is hoped that the accomplishments of the commission will live up to people’s expectations. The commission is headed by Mr. Yotaro Hatamura, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo, who had also headed the government’s committee to investigate the 3/11 catastrophe at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The commission has appointed eight experts to carry out the actual investigations and 19 others to examine the results. The public is encouraged to share accident-related information by telephone: 03-3507-9268.

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