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Agency for Natural Resources and EnergyMETI to Hold an International Symposium “Think Together Now about Geological Disposal –Learning from Efforts Made around the World–“

The final disposal of high-level radioactive wastes is a common issue for all countries that have utilized nuclear energy. In past dialogues, many people have been interested in the background of international discussions and the status of efforts made in other countries. In response to such interest, on March 28, 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan
(NUMO) will hold a symposium on geological disposal, inviting people concerned from Sweden as well.

1. Purpose of the Symposium

As a result of the utilization of nuclear power in the past, a large amount of high-level radioactive waste, which is unavoidably generated through nuclear power generation, already exists, and we cannot ignore the issue of its disposal.
Other countries that have used nuclear energy also have the same issue. These countries are currently employing the geological disposal method and proceeding with efforts including the selection of disposal sites.
At this symposium, participants will think together about matters including how the disposal project will be able to gain the people’s and local communities’ understanding and how the disposal project and the local community should coexist, in light of speeches based on actual experience to be delivered by people concerned from Sweden, where the site for a disposal facility was selected in 2009.

2. Date, etc.

  • Date: March 28 (Mon.), 2016, 1:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. (planned)
    *From 1:10 p.m. on March 28, a short video introducing an outline of the geological disposal project will be shown. If you are interested, please take this opportunity to learn more about the project. (Running time: approximately 15 minutes)
  • Venue: Marunouchi Hall, 7th floor, Marunouchi Building, 2-4-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
  • Program for the Symposium (planned agenda; honorifics are omitted)
  1. Opening remarks

    Junji Suzuki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
    Magnus Robach, Ambassador of Sweden to Japan

  2. Keynote speeches

    “Efforts Made around the World and Japan’s Course of Action toward Geological Disposal”
    Hiroya Masuda, Chairman, Radioactive Waste Working Group, Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy
    “Learn from Actual Case Examples from Sweden”
    Saida Laârouchi Engström, Vice President, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB)
    Jacob Spangenberg, Mayor, Municipality of Östhammar, Sweden

  3. Panel discussion

    Coordinator:
    Satoko Ito, Freelance Newscaster
    Panelists:
    Hiroya Masuda, Chairman, Radioactive Waste Working Group, Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy
    Saida Laârouchi Engström, Vice President, Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB)
    Jacob Spangenberg, Mayor, Municipality of Östhammar, Sweden
    Etsuko Akiba, Commissioner, NPO ASUKA Energy Forum
    Hirokazu Kobayashi, Director, Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
    Shunsuke Kondo, President, Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO)

3. Application procedure

Visit the following dedicated website to register, or fax in the application form available on the website (in Japanese).
Website: http://www.numo.or.jp/pr-info/pr/event/new_symposium16022909.htmlExternal Site Link(in Japanese)

4. Reference: Efforts made in Sweden

Although many countries that have utilized nuclear energy are also proceeding with efforts made for the realization of geological disposal, Sweden and Finland are the only countries in which the sites for the final disposal facilities have been selected. In Sweden, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB: 100% subsidiary in which electric power companies have jointly invested) was established as the entity responsible for the disposal project in 1984. SKB had proceeded with the selection of the site for the final disposal facility since its establishment, and it selected Forsmark in the municipality of Östhammar (located approximately 120 km north of Stockholm) in 2009 as the planned construction site for the disposal facility.

In the final phase of the selection of the final disposal site, a public opinion survey concerning the acceptance of disposal facilities was carried out in Östhammar Municipality and Oskarshamn Municipality, which was another candidate site. The result was that around 80% of the local people in both municipalities supported the acceptance of the construction.

As one factor involved in these results, it has been pointed out that SKB, the entity responsible for the project, has held many dialogues with local governments and people over a long period of time and built relationships of mutual trust with them.

Release date

February 29, 2016

Division in Charge

Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Last updated:2016-03-14
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