International Conference on A Decade of Progress After Fukushima Daiichi: Building on Lessons Learned to Further Strengthen Nuclear Safety
- On the occasion of marking a decade after the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, from 8th to 12th November, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held an expert meeting in Vienna in a hybrid format, featuring panel discussions by nuclear experts around the world. Mr. Hagiuda Koichi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry made opening remarks via video message at the special session on the safety of ALPS treated water on 10th November.
- The objectives of the conference was to look back on the lessons learned and experiences shared, results, and achievements from actions undertaken by national, and international communities following the accident, and to identify ways for further strengthening nuclear safety in the future. The conference was attended by government officials, regulators, electric power companies, nuclear experts, and other specialists from Japan and other countries.
- Following the opening remarks by Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the IAEA, Mr. Hikihara Takeshi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna made a speech, In his speech, Ambassador Hikihara emphasized the importance of strengthening nuclear safety, explained Japan's efforts on nuclear safety, and stated that Japan will continue to enhance its own domestic nuclear safety, and contribute to strengthening nuclear safety worldwide in cooperation with the IAEA.
- At the special session on 10th November, Minister Hagiuda (METI), addressing the audience via video message, explained the Basic Policy on handling of ALPS treated water at the TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and stated that the Government of Japan will engage in reviews conducted by the IAEA, and will widely communicate the outcomes of these reviews.
- The Government of Japan continues to explain the situation of the FDNPS to the international community in a courteous and transparent manner in close collaboration among all the related Ministries and Agencies.
[Reference 1] ALPS treated water is water which is processed by devices such as ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) to ensure that the radioactive materials other than tritium surely meets the regulatory standards for safety.
[Reference 2] IAEA President’s Report