that would make Sir Humphrey Appleby proud.
Now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared to IOC Commissioners who gave him the 2020 Summer Olympic in Tokyo that his government would be at the forefront in dealing with contaminated water problems, and that "the effect of contamination" (carefully note the word "effect") was confined within the plant harbor (to the great puzzlement of TEPCO who said they hadn't advised Mr. Abe on anything), the government is in full gear - creating committees.
Let's see. How many committees, teams, working groups are there on the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident?
On contaminated water problems:
Working Group set up by Nuclear Regulatory Authority, headed by Commissioner Fuketa
Team set up by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, headed by Minister Motegi himself
Group set up by the national government that include Fukushima Prefecture officials, headed by Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Committee of 10 government ministers to discuss the problems (useless of them all...)
TEPCO has to send people to each group meeting, and it has set up its own group on contaminated water as demanded by the national government.
Government committee to promote decommissioning based on the "roadmap"
Government committee on R&D for decommissioning technologies
Private industry association set up at the prompting by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to develop decommissioning technologies
Other than the working group set up by NRA which actually is very useful in analyzing the situation and suggesting courses of action, the rest look like good venues for government officials, bureaucrats and university professors to earn extra per diem, and waste of resource for TEPCO who will have to send mid to high-ranking managers and prepare presentations to placate the officials and bureaucrats.