19 Juin 2014
June 19, 2014
Research center planned for Fukushima decommission
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the science and technology minister have agreed to set up an integrated research center for more rapid decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Abe and science and technology minister Hakubun Shimomura on Thursday agreed to establish the international joint research center in April of next year. They agreed that the government needs to take the lead in the project.
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency is developing remote control technology for the decommissioning. But analysts point out the lack of an integrated research center.
The new center will invite leading researchers and engineers from universities and research institutes in Japan and foreign countries.
At the center, experts who have handled nuclear accidents overseas will give classes on what they learned.
Jun. 19, 2014 - Updated 11:15 UTC