In Japan, three senior officials have been sacked in connection with scandals over the earthquake- and tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Trade And Industry Minister Banri Kaieda said the sacked officials include the head of Japan's energy agency, the head of the nuclear and industrial safety agency, and a deputy in the trade ministry.
The government's handling of the Fukushima crisis has been hit recently by scandals over allegations that the government has been too close to the nuclear industry and not independent enough.
The March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan triggered at Fukushima the world's worst nuclear accident since Chornobyl.
compiled from agency reports