United States pledges to assist Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning if requested

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On Friday, Moniz toured the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Friday with TEPCO President Naomi Hirose.  At the facility they toured monitoring wells, the Unit 4 reactor building, and the Anti-Earthquake building.
On Friday, Moniz toured the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Friday with TEPCO President Naomi Hirose. At the facility they toured monitoring wells, the Unit 4 reactor building, and the Anti-Earthquake building.

In a speech on Thursday, United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz acknowledged that the decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture and decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi reactors were a matter of global significance and pledged help to Japan if requested.  The United States has supported Japan up to this point by sending experts to help deal with the disaster, but now appears to expand support to include assistance with removal of the melted fuel, decommissioning the reactors, and coping with contaminated water leaks.

In return for aid, Secretary Moniz requested that Japan join an international treaty called the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage, which collects funds from participating countries to help pay for damages resulting for nuclear accidents.

Economy and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi notified the United States this week that Japan will join the international treaty.

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