The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has pledged to help reconstruct the Japanese region where the Fukushima nuclear accident took place – and create an accident response centre for Asia there too.
The nuclear body’s Director General signed an agreement or Memorandum of Understanding with the Governor of the Fukushima Prefecture to promote cooperation in radiation monitoring and monitoring the effects on human health.
Setting up a nuclear emergency training centre in the Fukushima Prefecture is part of the plan. Called the Capacity Building Centre, it will have IAEA radiation monitoring equipment and give training in preparing and responding to emergencies in Japan and the Asia Pacific region.
Governor Sato said: “I’m very much encouraged by the conclusion of this Memorandum and I believe this will serve to promote reconstruction in Fukushima. We will also be able to disseminate to the rest of the world the knowledge and experience to be gained from the activities that we are conducting, and we hope this will be a symbol of Fukushima.”
The agreement came at an international conference where 114 countries and 11 international organisations gathered to learn safety lessons from the nuclear disaster in March 2011, when an earthquake and tsunami caused a triple blowout at TEPCO’s nuclear station.