In-Focus Japan: Gamma rays emitting from disaster debris challenge for Fukushima workers

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Japanese report to the IAEA reveals worries about gamma rays escaping from disaster debris

In a report on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Shinichi Kuroki, NISA deputy director general for nuclear power told the International Atomic Energy Agency that high levels of gamma rays are still being emitted from debris, presenting a great challenge to workers.

The report also notes that Japan has no experience or resources which would aid in accurately understanding the state inside the severely damaged reactors, taking out damaged fuel from the damaged reactors and taking steps for decommissioning at this time, and that new technologies will have to be developed for such work.

Convention on Nuclear Safety National Report of Japan for the Second Extraordinary Meeting July 2012

Source: IAEA

Source: METI

Source: The Montreal Gazette

Source: Reuters

Over a decade of reconstruction plans revealed at some areas around Fukushima Daiichi

The Japanese government has released reconstruction plans for 12 municipalities surrounding the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.  The new plans reveal the government expects it to take over 2 years to decontaminate the residential areas and restore critical utilities like running water, sewage systems, and electricity.

However, the government doesn’t expect to be able to restore transportation services for the next 5 years, which makes life even harder for local residents, and the roadmap notes that the government won’t launch new industries in the affected regions for at least 10 years.

Source: NHK

Japan’s industry ministry will promote the use of large storage sodium-sulfur batteries at power substations, to back up and store electricity generated from renewable energy sources

Source: JiJi Press

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