Haruki Madarame, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, who was the chairman of the National Nuclear Safety Commission at the time of the accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, suffered a stroke on November 22nd. died.
he was 74 years old.
Mr. Madarame was born in Tokyo, and after completing the Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, he worked at Toshiba's current research laboratory.
In April 2010, he retired from the University of Tokyo and became chairman of the Nuclear Safety Commission.
When the accident occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011, I was in a position to advise the government from a professional point of view and dealt with the accident response.
Immediately after the accident, he was at the Prime Minister's Office, answering questions from then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan, etc., while there was little information. I went to the first nuclear power plant.
However, when asked about the possibility of an explosion in the helicopter, he answered that it would not explode inside the containment vessel. said to have been bought.
In an interview with the Diet's Accident Investigation Committee, Madarame said, ``When I saw the scene of the explosion, of course, hydrogen was leaking from the containment vessel, and I instantly thought that I had to think about the explosion. I was talking.
Then, in September 2012, with the establishment of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, which is responsible for new nuclear safety regulations, the Nuclear Safety Commission came to an end after 34 years of history, and Mr. Madarame stepped down as the last chairman. Did.
At the final meeting, Mr. Madarame said, "I've been thinking about why the accident happened, but I'm deeply regretful that I didn't have enough preparedness in terms of safety standards and disaster prevention."
According to his bereaved family, Mr. Madarame was repeatedly in and out of the hospital due to cerebral infarction, and died on the 22nd of this month at a hospital in Saitama Prefecture.
he was 74 years old.