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NRA head 'jokes' it would be better for N. Korea to hit Tokyo with missile

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka (Mainichi)

TAKAHAMA, Fukui -- Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Chairman Shunichi Tanaka commented on July 6, "If it were me, I think it would be much better to drop it on central Tokyo," when speaking about a possible North Korean missile attack on a Japanese nuclear power plant.

Tanaka made the quip during a meeting with 27 people including local residents of the Fukui Prefecture town of Takahama, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant, in response to a question about a possible North Korean missile strike. However, he quickly tried to play the comment down, saying, "What I said just now was a joke."

Tanaka is visiting Takahama on July 6 and 7 in connection with the restarting of the plant's No. 3 and No. 4 reactors.

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