As the Japanese Government takes charge with the management of Fukushima water leaks, Economy, Trade, and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi assured on Wednesday that Japan is keeping in touch with non-Japanese experts on the matter. “We will be looking for the best knowledge, technology and information with regard to how to manage the contaminated water at the plant and how to decommission the complex,” the minister said.
According to Motegi, Japan has now utilized assistance from a national research facility in the United States as well as from other countries. Their expertise will be sought in dealing with the contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, especially with the 300-tons that have leaked from one of its storage tanks. The minister, however, did not mention any specifics concerning the nuclear experts and the research facility.
Japan has been criticized for its failure to seek, or accept, foreign assistance during the first months after the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Back in 2011, Russia initiated to help Japan. Despite being refused two years ago, “Russia restated that their offer to help still stands.”
As part of the government’s take over, Liberal Democratic Party’s acting Policy Chief Yasuhisa Shiozaki recommended creating an agency with the same role as the National Decommissioning Authority of Britain, which was assigned to demolish the nuclear stations in the country. According to Motegi, there will be a lot of things that must be considered like Japan’s “overall energy policy and taking a big-picture view of the situation.” The minister also said, “To create a new agency with a single mission would not necessarily accelerate the work that needs to be done.”