Fukushima to build atomic energy research base with IAEA

October 30, 2012

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Fukushima Prefecture, site of last year's nuclear disaster, will establish a research base there with the International Atomic Energy Agency to study decontamination and radiation safety measures, officials said Oct. 29.

They said the prefecture plans to invite IAEA scientists to carry out research at a facility to be built in the town of Miharu. The facility will work closely with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the National Institute for Environmental Studies.

The prefecture will also construct a facility in Minami-Soma that will be tasked mainly with monitoring the safety of facilities related to nuclear power.

In August, Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato visited the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, and he agreed with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano on a joint project regarding decontamination and health monitoring of local residents.

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Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, shakes hands with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano before their meeting on Aug. 31 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, shakes hands with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano before their meeting on Aug. 31 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, shakes hands with IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano before their meeting on Aug. 31 at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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