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International Workshop on Deepening Comprehension on Safety Case on Deep Geological Repository (DGR) and Public Confidence on Japan’s DGR Programme to be Held

November 5, 2018

In July 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) released a Nationwide Map of Scientific Features for Geological Disposal. Since then, METI and the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) have used the map in demonstrations and dialogues across Japan in order to enhance public understanding on and call public interest to geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Aiming to make these activities more effective, METI and the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD/NEA) will jointly hold an international workshop to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about experiences of other countries that utilize geological disposal and to receive advice on Japan’s efforts from other countries.

1. Purpose of the seminar

The final disposal of high-level radioactive waste generated from nuclear power generation is a common issue faced by all countries, including Japan, that have utilized nuclear energy. To overcome this challenge, METI and NUMO have been holding dialogue activities across Japan utilizing the map to enhance public understanding on and call public interest to geological disposal of high-level radioactive waste. Aiming to make these activities more effective, METI and the OECD/NEA will jointly hold an international workshop to provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the experiences of other countries in utilizing geological disposal and to receive advice on Japan’s efforts from other countries. This workshop aims to provide research institutes, municipalities, governmental organizations the public and stakeholders that are highly involved in final disposal projects, with an opportunity to learn about efforts by other countries and share their opinions on the matter.

The workshop will focus on methods for assessing geological disposal technologies and will provide participants with information on positive approaches to maintaining open dialogues with communities in the candidate regions so as to deepen understanding of stakeholders in those regions and adjacent regions. Following this, it will compare efforts between Japan and other countries and hold discussions on these efforts.

2. Date, venue and other information

Date and time:

November 28 (Wed.), 2018; from 12:20 to 18:20 (tentative)
Doors and the reception counter will open at 11:50 (tentative).

Venue:

Rooms 2 and 3, Belle Salle Yaesu
(3rd floor, Yaesu First Financial Building; 1-3-7 Yaesu, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)

Admission:

Free

Organizers:

OECD/NEA and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)
Program (tentative; simultaneous interpretation between Japanese and English will be available)

Part I (From 12:20 to 13:50)

Topic: Efforts by OECD/NEA for radioactive-waste management and Japanese Program on DGR Development
Speakers:

Part II (From 13:50 to 17:10)

Topic: International Experience on Safety Case Communication
Speakers:

Part III (From 17:10 to 18:20)

Panel discussion by overseas experts, officials of the government of Japan, and personnel in charge of NUMO

4. How to apply

If you wish to attend the seminar, please visit the website below and complete the registration form.
Note: The seminar will be open to the public and the press may take photos on site. Please note that you may be accidently photographed during the seminar.

Division in Charge

Technology Office for Radioactive Waste Management, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy