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Japan vows full disclosure for UN nuclear team

Posted by on May 25, 2011 0 Comment

Tokyo: Japan vowed on Tuesday to give all available information on the disaster-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to a visiting fact-finding team from the UN atomic watchdog.

The team, including six officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), arrived in Tokyo yesterday on a 11-day visit to investigate the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

“We will make available all information we have,” Banri Kaieda, the minister of economy, trade and industry, told the 18-member delegation.

The team is led by Mike Weightman, chief inspector of nuclear installations in Britain, and made up of experts from 12 countries including the United States, China, Russia and South Korea.

On Friday, the team is scheduled to inspect the Fukushima plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11 and has leaked high levels of radiation into the environment with a meltdown reported in three reactors.

While in Japan, it will also tour a nearby nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daini, and meet officials from various branches of government and the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

On June 1, the team will outline a report on the accident to the Japanese government that it will present to an IAEA ministerial-level conference in Vienna in late June. Agencies

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