Actions taken by regulatory bodies and international organisations following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident

The following is a collection of information on activities undertaken nationally and internationally following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Regulatory authorities from 23 countries, along with 4 regional and 3 international organisations, have contributed information on national response activities, stress tests reports, and complimentary activities and assessments to the stress tests. This page will be updated periodically as information becomes available.


Countries

Belgium | Bulgaria | Canada | Czech Republic | Finland | France | Germany | Hungary | India | Japan | Korea (Republic of) | Lithuania | The Netherlands | Romania | Russian Federation | Slovakia | Slovenia | Spain | South Africa | Sweden | Switzerland | United Arab Emirates | United Kingdom | United States

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Canada

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Finland

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France

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Germany

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Hungary

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India

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Japan

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Lithuania

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The Netherlands

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Romania

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Russian Federation

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Slovenia

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Spain

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South Africa

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Sweden

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United Arab Emirates

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United States


Organisations

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

OECD/NEA Director-General Luis E. Echávarri on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident: One year later
"...As we reflect upon the first anniversary of these tragedies, our condolences go out to the Japanese people affected by these events. We also continue to pledge our support to the authorities who are working towards the remediation of the situation, both in terms of improving nuclear safety and the regulatory infrastructure as well as land decontamination and recovery."
Read the statement | Watch the video | Fukushima Press Kit

Dialogue with civil society in affected areas of Japan
With the co-operation of the NEA, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) organised a dialogue with residents of Data City, Japan on 25-26 February. This meeting was the second in a series of ICRP seminars that foster discussions among affected stakeholders in order to help identify priorities and to initiate rehabilitation programmes in follow-up to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. The agenda focused on past accomplishments, current challenges and future initiatives to improve the radiological situation and living conditions for local inhabitants. About 50 representatives of civil society as well as central, prefectoral and local governments attended along with 50 residents of Fukushima prefecture. Data City is a community that has been significantly affected by contamination from the Fukushima accident. During the meeting, ways to help improve the situation were identified, including common agreements on radiological criteria (e.g. food contamination levels), waste management approaches and criteria for successful remediation.

International meetings on remediation and restoration of environments
On 3-4 February 2012, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) co-organised two days of international meetings on The Experience and Technology of Russia, Ukraine and Other CIS Countries on Remediation and Restoration of Environments. Hosted by the Japanese government and organised by the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC) and the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine (STCU), the meetings provided opportunities for experts from zones most affected by the Chernobyl accident to share best practices in managing contaminated land. Read the presentations here.

NEA meets with Japanese officials to discuss nuclear safety regulatory organisations
On 17-18 January 2012, an NEA team of international experts met in Tokyo with members of the Japanese Advisory Committee for Prevention of Nuclear Accidents and the special Japanese Task Force for the Reform of Nuclear Safety Regulations and Organisations to foster increased understanding of various national regulatory organisations and approaches to regulatory oversight of nuclear power facilities. Experts from Japan, France, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) participated in an experts’ meeting on concepts and characteristics important to regulatory organisations and an international public workshop on nuclear safety regulation. Participants discussed different approaches to reforming areas recommended by the Advisory Committee, such as those concerning independence, regulatory oversight, crisis management, human resources and development, new safety regulations, transparency and international aspects for regulatory organisations. Presentations are available on the NEA Fukushima information exchange page.

The NEA meets with Japanese nuclear safety authorities to discuss stress tests
On 16-18 November 2011, an NEA team of international experts met in Tokyo with the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organisation (JNES) to foster a better understanding by NISA and JNES of other NEA member countries' post-Fukushima national safety reviews (or “stress tests”). Experts from Japan, France, Finland, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) participated in these meetings.

International Symposium on Decontamination held in Fukushima, Japan
On 16 October 2011, the Government of Japan, in co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) and the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organisation (JNES), held an International Symposium on Decontamination – Towards the Recovery of the Environment, in Fukushima, Japan. Read more…, Watch video footage of the symposium

Top nuclear regulators meet to discuss safety of new reactors
16 September 2011 – Over 120 nuclear regulatory and industry experts met in Paris on 15-16 September to discuss the accomplishments of the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) and the future of global nuclear safety.

Nuclear regulatory authorities decide on follow-up to the Fukushima Daiichi accident
8 June 2011 – The nuclear regulatory authorities of the G8, NEA member countries and associated countries participated in the Forum on the Fukushima Accident: Insights and Approaches to discuss insights gained in relation to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident and to decide on appropriate follow-up actions at the international level.

New avenues for improving international nuclear safety
7 June 2011 – Co-organised by the French Presidency of the G8 and the NEA, and with 37 countries invited at the ministerial level, the International Ministerial Seminar on Nuclear Safety following the Fukushima accident enabled important discussions on how to reinforce international co-operation and international legal frameworks on nuclear safety.

OECD/NEA Director-General speaks during a public hearing at the French Parliament
16 March 2011 – At a hearing organised by France's Office for Scientific and Technological Choices, OECD/NEA Director-General Luis Echávarri declared that the NEA had offered its complete assistance to the Japanese government in its areas of expertise.

Message from the OECD/NEA Director-General on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident
16 March 2011 – "On behalf of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA), I wish to express my condolences to the Japanese people who are being affected by one of the worst natural disasters of the century…"

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European Clearinghouse on the Operational Experience of NPPs

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European Nuclear Safety Regulators' Group (ENSREG)

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International Atomic Energy Agency

A group of some 20 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other organizations will visit Japan between 24 May and 2 June. The mission - led by Mike Weightman of the UK's nuclear safety regulator - will make a preliminary assessment of the safety issues linked to the Fukushima accident. During the mission, areas that need further exploration or assessment will be identified. The report for the mission was issued on 16 June 2011: in advance of the Ministerial Conference.

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Western European Nuclear Regulators' Association (WENRA)

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World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO)

World Health Organisation (WHO)

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Institute of Nuclear Power Operation (INPO)

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American Nuclear Society - Special Committee on Fukushima

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Last reviewed: 2 June 2014