NHK has learned that the International Atomic Energy Agency will ask Japan to provide a more transparent report on the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
NHK obtained the draft of a statement what will be announced at a meeting of ministers from IAEA member nations, scheduled to open on June 20th.
The 4-page draft calls on Japan to accurately report the nuclear crisis and share its assessment with the world so that it can learn from the accident.
It also calls on the UN nuclear watchdog to draw up concrete plans based on the ministerial debate to create international arrangements to promote the safety of nuclear power.
The draft also takes the different energy policies among the member nations into consideration. It notes that some countries have decided to scrap their reactors following the accident in Japan, while others are continuing to use nuclear power to meet energy demands.
The member nations will work out a statement based on the draft at the upcoming ministerial meeting after holding working-level discussions.
Thursday, June 09, 2011 06:02 +0900 (JST)
IAEA to survey radioactive contamination in sea
The IAEA, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, is to survey the long-term effects of the spillage of radioactive water from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power on the maritime environment in the Pacific Ocean.
The International Atomic Energy Agency made the decision at a regular meeting of board governors in Vienna on Tuesday.
Australia, South Korea and Indonesia will lead the survey on possible sea pollution in the Pacific Ocean and the East China Sea.
The survey will collect samples of radioactive substances in sea waters and will compare them with data collected before the nuclear accident in Fukushima.
The maritime survey will be conducted over 4 years, beginning in July.
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 21:08 +0900 (JST)