In-Focus Japan: Globalization of energy innovation – IAEA Launches Fukushima Radiation Database

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Majority of debris from March 11th disaster still not disposed of

Some 80 percent of the estimated 24 million tons of disaster debris remains to be disposed of, Jiji Press reported Tuesday.  Japanese officials also point out that it is expensive to separate the unburnable debris from the burnable.  In Miyagi prefecture alone, over 420,000 tons of debris is classified as unburnable, leaving the central government with the unpopular task of requesting that cities outside of the devastated areas accept truckloads of contaminated waste.

Source: UPI

Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Japan to be launched on September 19th

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda plans to appoint the 5 members of the commission upon its launch.

Source: Xinhuanet

Source: NHK

Scientists unhappy with nuclear waste disposal plans

After being tasked by the Atomic Energy Commission to review current final repository plans for radioactive materials, Japanese scientists have warned the central government that its current plan of permanent underground disposal of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste poses serious problems which may not be resolved.  The scientists now propose temporarily storing nuclear waste above ground for extensive periods of time, up to hundreds of years.  In the interim, scientists advise that the central government prepare itself for a radical overhaul of the current plan, further technological development, and public consensus.

“Based on current scientific knowledge, we cannot determine a geological formation that would be stable for hundreds of thousands of years. . . . And thus the best possible option is temporary storage,” said Harutoshi Funabashi, a professor at Hosei University involved in working out the proposal.

Source: NHK

Source: The Japan Times

IAEA Launches Fukushima Radiation Database

In its role as a clearinghouse for information, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has released a database of radiation measurements surveyed in Japan after the onset of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  The database now provides access to data which was previously only summarized.

“This new database consolidates a large amount of radiological monitoring information into a useful, effective tool for studying the effects of the Fukushima accident,” said Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director- General for Nuclear Safety and Security. “I’m grateful for the strong support from the Japanese Government to make available this invaluable resource to scientists and the public around the world,” he added.

Source: RTT News

Cesium detected in sea abalone

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

The world has witnessed “a globalization of energy innovation” and pointing in particular to advances in battery and electrical storage technologies.

Source: India Blooms

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