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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyResults of the Meeting between METI Minister Miyazawa and IAEA Director General Amano-IAEA missions at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station and Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station -

On January 7, 2015, Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had a meeting at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). They came to agreement on future IAEA missions, namely, the Operational Safety Review Team (OSART)* at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station (NPS), and the Decommissioning Review Mission** at Fukushima Daiichi NPS. They also exchanged views on various issues including current situation of Fukushima Daiichi NPS and further cooperation between Japan and IAEA.

1. Hosting the OSART mission at TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPS

Minister Miyazawa stated that TEPCO will host IAEA OSART at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPS (Units 6 and 7) with the purpose of sharing its efforts with the other countries about how to improve the operational safety of nuclear power plants in light of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. Director General Amano welcomed this announcement.

Moreover, Director General Amano pointed out the importance of continuously hosting OSART in Japan, and in response, Minister Miyazawa communicated the intention to continue to invite further missions following the mission at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPS.

2. Hosting the Decommissioning Review Mission at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS

At the 58th IAEA General Conference in September 2014, Japan stated that it will host the IAEA Decommissioning Review Mission at Fukushima Daiichi NPS on an ongoing basis. Minister Miyazawa stated that Japan will host the third visit of the Decommissioning Review Mission to Japan in mid-February 2015, and Director General Amano welcomed the statement.

3. Current situation of Fukushima Daiichi NPS and further cooperation between Japan and IAEA

Minister Miyazawa and Director General Amano exchanged views on the current situation of Fukushima Daiichi NPS and discussed the further cooperation between Japan and IAEA.

References

*1: OSART mission
OSART is an IAEA mission which evaluates and reviews the operational safety of nuclear power plants in member states. It was inaugurated in 1982, and its missions have been dispatched to 102 nuclear power plants in 33 countries worldwide and to date it has completed 167 visits and 108 follow-up visits in total. Japan hosted the missions at Mihama NPS in 2009 and 2010 (follow-up visit), Kashiwazaki NPS in 2004 and 2006 (follow-up visit), Hamaoka NPS in 1995 and 1996 (follow-up visit), Fukushima Daini NPS in 1992 and 1993 (follow-up visit), and Takahama NPS in 1988. Japan will host the OSART mission this year for the first time since the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS occurred. TEPCO and IAEA are going to adjust the schedule for hosting the mission in Japan.

**2: Decommissioning Review Mission
In accordance with the Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4, which was revised in June 2013, Japan has been advancing efforts for decommissioning TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS Units 1 to 4. In response to Japan’s request, IAEA dispatched missions to review such efforts for decommissioning the units, challenges that Japan faces, and other issues, and Japan received two reports on its evaluation and advice.

  • First visit: From April 15 to 22, 2013 - Second visit: From November 25 to December 4, 2013
  • Second visit: From November 25 to December 4, 2013

During the third visit, the mission will hold meetings in Tokyo with the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, TEPCO, and other entities, conduct a field study at Fukushima Daiichi NPS, and release a summary of the results of the review on the final day of the visit. The Government of Japan and IAEA are going to adjust details of the itinerary and review areas of the mission.

Release date

January 7, 2015

Division in charge

  • Information on this news release
    Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Information on the Decommissioning Review Mission
    Nuclear Accident Response Office, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
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