24 Avril 2012
April 24, 2012
Fukushima to ask IAEA to set up local office
The governor of Fukushima Prefecture will visit the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency to ask it to establish an office in the prefecture to help with the aftermath of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Sources say that Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato will visit the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria in August to meet the Director General of the agency Yukiya Amano.
The visit follows his meeting with IAEA experts in Fukushima City last October.
Sato requested them to establish a local office to assist the prefecture in the disaster response and decontamination work.
The governor also wants to ensure that the IAEA and the Japanese government cooperate in holding an international conference on nuclear safety to be held in Fukushima in December.
Prefectural officials say the assistance of IAEA experts is essential for dismantling the damaged reactors and putting an end to the disaster.
Fukushima Prefecture aims to help create a society that does not rely on nuclear energy.