Ministerial conference on nuclear safety to be held in Fukushima
Dec. 11, 2012
TOKYO --The Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, hosted jointly by the Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), will begin December 15 in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. During the three-day conference running until December 17, speeches by representatives from IAEA member states and meetings of experts will be held with the objective of strengthening future nuclear safety. The conference will be attended by ministers and other officials from about 120 countries and organizations.
The first day of the conference will include speeches delivered by delegates from participating countries including a representative of the hosting Japanese government, as well as an address by IAEA director general Yukiya Amano. The adoption of an outcome document compiled based on the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety will also be on the agenda.
For December 16 and 17, three expert meetings are scheduled on the respective themes of: (1) lessons learned from Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) Fukushima nuclear power accident; (2) strengthening nuclear safety in the light of TEPCO's Fukushima nuclear power accident; and (3) protection of people and the environment from ionizing radiation. The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan will also attend the expert meetings to provide member country officials with the status of deliberation on the development of new safety standards.
In advance of the Fukushima ministerial conference, site inspection tours in Fukushima Prefecture will be offered to conference participants on December 14. Planned locations for the tours include the site of the accident at the Fukushima I nuclear power station, decontamination sites, and areas of the prefecture that were devastated by the tsunami.