The Mainichi Daily News reported today:
The head of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan and a member of the government panel received donations totaling 7.1 million yen from the atomic power industry before assuming duties at the watchdog, the two said Monday.
Haruki Madarame, a former University of Tokyo professor who became the commission chief in April 2010, said he received 4 million yen over four years through 2009 from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., a major manufacturer of nuclear power reactors.
Seiji Shiroya, another member of the panel who joined the commission at the same time as Madarame, said he received 3.1 million yen from a regional branch of Japan Atomic Industrial Forum Inc. over three years to 2009 while serving as a Kyoto University professor.
The forum consists of power companies and other companies in the nuclear industry.
7.1 million Yen is about $91,000.