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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  1. Japanese politician breaks taboo by giving letter to Emperor about Fukishima fears
    euronews – Nov 1, 2013‎
    A Japanese politician has caused a stir after handing a letter about the health impact of the Fukishima nuclear disaster to the Emperor.
    He says he wanted to draw attention to the plight of children affected.
    In eastern Japan there are children coming down with many health problems and there are people who are working in radioactive conditions who are just being ignored – this is the reality.
    There have been calls for him to resign.
    Japan’s Culture Minister said: “If we allow such action without any repercussion, it will encourage others to hand the Emperor letters at various events,”

  2. The time for keeping traditions and being polite are over. If the Emperor is unaware of the situation at Fukushima then he has had his head somewhere very dark. I’m not sure that he is any use to the Japanese people anyway.
    We’re all doomed if they mess up the SPF#4 defueling.
    DOesn’t anyone in Japan care about their children? Sorry but I do think a revolution is what is needed. It would appear to outsiders that Japan is run by corruption and the really stunning news is that Tokyo is going to host the Olympics. Absolutely stunning? Obviously the Olympic committee is also corrupt or a bunch of complete and utter morons – which is it? Not much of a choice.

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