Japan plans to organize International advisory team for decommissioning of Fukushima plant

On 1/11/2013, Tepco announced they are preparing to establish IAT (International Advisory Team) for decommissioning of Fukushima plant in corporation with Japanese government.

They state the decommissioning process is something that Tepco and Japan have never experienced, they need to accept knowledge and advice from outside of Japan. It is defined to be different from IAEA or OECD-NEA. Specifically, the IAT is expected to provide Japan with

Technical advice for the decommissioning.
Advice for establishing the roadmap and endstate.
Support based on the site.
Screening the technology of each country.
Publishing information through experts.
The advisory members consist of the experts from America,England, France, Russia and Ukraine.
It will be in operation after this April.

Japan plans to organize International advisory team for decommissioning of Fukushima plant






Français :

Le Japon prévoie de monter une équipe consultative internationale pour le démantèlement de la centrale de Fukushima

Ce 11 janvier 2013, Tepco annonce qu’ils se préparent à établir un IAT (International Advisory Team) pour le démantèlement de la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima en coopération avec le gouvernement nippon.

Ils affirment que le processus de démantèlement est quelque chose que ni Tepco, ni le Japon n’ont jamais expérimenté, ils doivent accepter les connaissances et les avis venant de l’extérieur du Japon. C’est défini pour être différence de l’AIEA ou de l’OCDE-AEN. Spécifiquement, le Japon attend que cet IAT lui fournisse :

Des avis techniques sur le démantèlement.
Des avis pour établir la feuille de route et la phase finale.
De l’aide sur site.
Un tri des technologies de chaque pays.
La publication d’information par des experts.
Les membres de l’organe consultatif sont des experts d’Amérique, d’Angleterre, de France, de Russie et d’Ukraine.
Il devra devenir opérationnel dès après avril prochain.

Le Japon prévoie de monter une équipe consultative internationale pour le démantèlement de la centrale de Fukushima


  1. Decommissioning is what happens when you have an empty reactor core and an offsite place to store your spent fuel. Then you can begin dismantling a power plant unit.

    Daiichi has 3 cores melted through their reactor vessels and nobody can say for sure where the melted cores are located. How is decommissioning possible under these circumstances?

    At least Chernobyl’s one melted core is high and dry with a cover to be placed over it for a secure decommissioning.

    Putting a lid over Daiichi does not secure containment as uncontrolled groundwater continues to carry off fallout from exposed melted cores.

    Maybe that is what Japan is actually asking for help with, not decommissioning but containment.

  2. A notable achievement, especially as foreign companies tried to screw them (Tepco) over when the meltdowns first occurred, charging them three times as much as usual for their tech.

    Despite the polite language (“Decommissioning”) I can only hope this group of experts has the sense to provide for fighting nuclear fires first of all, in case #4 goes down on their watch. Then, has a plan to remove said fuel before years go by (not easy but necessary; M8 is on the way). Finally, there’s three cores to cool.

    Will this mean anything? Are these gov’t scientists or private contractors and what is their investment (or return) in this process? I want to think positive.

  3. Finally the international pressure convinced the Japanese government that there is no place to go if to avoid a world-wide lawsuit .
    Saving-face in this case will be ” not even the international community couldn’t do too much about it ” .

    The Deal is aproaching : after cancer will take over most of the Japanese forcing them to evacuate Japan , any country that will take in ( house/employ ) a minimum of one million Japanese will have the right to dump nuclear waste in Japan .

    Results :

    – initial employment , racism problems in the host country
    – later , a slight increase of IQ in the host country if good mixing accurs
    – will the Japanes be accepted under the condition of not organizing anti-nuke movments or under ‘special’ rights including non-political participation ?

    And the kid asked the magic question : wasn’t all this preventable ?

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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.


January 2013