Like many politicians, Naoto Kan is a populist, and typical of his breed.
He graduated from the Department of Applied Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, with a Master’s Degree in Engineering. He has referred to himself as « a specialist in nuclear engineering ». Beg your pardon ???
He has no working experience in any engineering firms, manufacturers, electric utilities nor research institutes.
His early career was as a patent attorney, and most of his career has been in civic movements. You cannot find any evidence of his scientific or technical expertise, not only in nuclear engineering but in any kind of science and technology.