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Release of Brochure and Videos Explaining the Current Status of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station

March 8, 2019

The Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) created a brochure titled “Important Stories of Decommissioning 2019” and a new series of videos titled “Present Efforts for Decommissioning” to convey the latest situation of Japan’s measures for decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station* and those for contaminated water management.

METI will sequentially distribute these PR materials and publicize them on its portal website, part of the METI official website, for explaining the Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4.

1. Purpose

Japan’s efforts for decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station* and those for contaminated water management are operations that no other countries have ever engaged in. The government of Japan has been taking a variety of measures in this regard. As part of these efforts, ANRE continues preparing brochures and PR videos to convey the current status of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the progress in Japan’s measures for decommissioning and contaminated water management, the impact on surrounding environments, and other information to the public in reader-friendly manners so as to contribute to removing negative effects on products in local communities due to harmful misperceptions.

*Note: The official name of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.

2. Brochure titled “Important Stories of Decommissioning 2019”

In light of the current status including the progress in the measures for decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station and those for contaminated water management, ANRE updated and modified the contents of the previous brochure released in FY2018 and prepared a brochure titled “Important Stories of Decommissioning 2019.”

ANRE received opinions from local people, experts and other stakeholders prior to this revision, and prepared the 2019 brochure by reflecting in it questions and interests that the public may have to the maximum extent possible.
For the “Important Stories of Decommissioning 2019,” see the website below:

3. A series of videos titled “Present Efforts for Decommissioning”

Approximately 4,000 people have been working on decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. This daily effort is a very difficult task and one that no other country has ever had to engage in. Progress has been made step by step. These videos focus on the workers that are tirelessly carrying out these efforts and explain the types of operations in which they engage in at the site as well as the emotions and passions they confront during their work. The video approaches the subject from three perspectives.

  1. Video titled: “Present Efforts for Decommissioning -People’s Passions for Supporting Workers at the Site- Convenience Stores, Restaurants and Gas Stations” and “Present Efforts for Decommissioning -People’s Passions for Supporting Workers at the Site- Bus Operation, Cleaning and Oil Tank Inspection-”
    These videos feature interviews with people in a variety of fields who are engaging in the measures for decommissioning or contaminated water management at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

  2. Video focusing on the subject of people engaging in environmental protection (title is not fixed yet.)
    At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, on premise radiation dose is measured, controlled and analyzed, and the impact of the dose on surrounding environments is confirmed every day. This video clip features interviews with people engaging in these operations.
  3. Video focusing on the subject of the advanced technologies and remote control operations (title is not fixed yet.)
    In the areas with high radiation dose, operations and research are conducted by remotely controlling advanced technologies. This video clip features interviews with people engaging in these operations.

4. Future schedule

According to the following schedule, ANRE will sequentially distribute these materials to the public at city halls of municipalities, or distribute them along with other related PR materials as for some municipalities, and will publicize the materials on its portal website, part of the METI official website, for explaining the decommissioning and contaminated water measures.

March 8, 2019 Starting the distribution and release of the “Important Stories of Decommissioning 2019” brochure
Release of video clips [i] as part of the series: “Present Efforts foe Decommissioning -People’s Passions for Supporting Workers at the Site- Convenience Stores, Restaurants and Gas Stations” and “Present Efforts foe Decommissioning -People’s Passions for Supporting Workers at the Site- Bus Operation, Cleaning and Oil Tank Inspection-”
Late March 2019 Release of a video clip [ii] as part of the series: “Present Efforts for Decommissioning - Measuring of Environment Levels” (title is not fixed yet.)
Around from April to May 2019 Release of a video clip [iii] as part of the series: “Present Efforts for Decommissioning - Remote Control” (title is not fixed yet.)

Division in Charge

Nuclear Accident Response Office, Nuclear Energy Policy Planning Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, ANRE

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