Post-Fukushima Japan still pushing nuclear cooperation with international governments

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Since the Fukushima disaster, Japan has been working to set up nuclear cooperation agreements with many international governments to promote the export of Japanese nuclear technology, and share lessons learned after nuclear disasters.  Ukraine has agreed to chare experiences and lessons learned from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster with Japan as they attempt to control the Fukushima nuclear disaster.  In an NHK interview, the Ukranian pariliament chairman Volodymya Lytvyn added cooperation will start first between researchers sharing data on soil contamination.

Lytvyn is scheduled to visit Fukushima on Saturday to inspect the crippled nuclear power plant.  In an effort to win back the trust of its citizens, the Japanese government is planning one of the most extensive and costly clean-up operations ever.  Japan has signed multiple nuclear cooperation deals after the Fukushima disaster, in February Japan signed an agreement with Belarus, which was also affected by the Chernobyl disaster.  The Belarus agreement included exchanges of detailed data on health problems and soil contamination caused by the spread of radioactive substances.

Taiwan’s top nuclear regulator has questioned the motives and wisdom of attempting to spread nuclear energy to under-developed areas.   “I’m worrying about the export of nuclear reactors to the Third World. They just do not have the infrastructure to operate it,” said Yi-Bin Chen, director of the Department of Nuclear Regulation at Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.  “I always say to my Japanese people [regulators and vendors] that it’s immoral to export your Japanese reactors to Vietnam. It’s a big concern because they do not have the [trained] people,” he said.

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