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IAEA Chief to Visit Japan, Survey Fukushima Accident Site


On 26 July 2011, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan in Tokyo.

From 24-30 July 2011, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano will pay an official visit to Japan.

Accident Site Survey

On 25 July, he will visit the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). At the site, he will be briefed about TEPCO's implementation of its "Roadmap" to contain and stabilize the situation in the aftermath of the nuclear accident at that power station on 11 March 2011. He will visit key locations at the site and have discussions with workers there.

High-level Meetings

While in Japan, he is expected to have meetings with Ministers of the Japanese Government as well as TEPCO representatives to discuss nuclear safety issues including the outcomes of the June 2011 Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety and the initiatives to improve global nuclear safety. In his meetings, the Director General intends to emphasize the IAEA'ss resolve to continue to offer support to Japan in mitigating the consequences of the Fukushima accident.

Improving Nuclear Safety

The discussions with Japanese Ministers is also expected to provide the Director General a better understanding of the Japanese Government's policy for improving nuclear safety in Japan, such as introducing "stress tests" for nuclear power plants and revising the "Roadmap", as well as the current and planned activities to mitigate contamination in the Fukushima area.

Nuclear Disarmament

At the 23rd United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues in Matsumoto, the Director General will deliver the keynote address in the opening session on 27 July 2011.

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-- By Peter Kaiser, IAEA Division of Public Information

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