Message from the President
Ever since its establishment in August 2013, the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) has been fully committed to an urgent challenge—
research and development of technologies required for the decommissioning work of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. In August 2014, the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) was reorganized from the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund. Since then, the division of roles among relevant organizations engaging in the decommissioning has been clarified: The NDF formulates strategies and R&D plans for the decommissioning; The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) implements on-site operation; and IRID conducts R&D of technology required for the decommissioning. The four key players including the government have been working closely together in the effort to decommission the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. As a result, our R&D for fuel debris retrieval, including the development of technology for investigation inside the Primary Containment Vessel (PCV) and for identification of fuel debris locations, is gradually beginning to bear fruit.
Under these circumstances, in April 2015, the NDF announced the Technical Strategic Plan 2015 for Decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company. In June of the same year, the government revised the Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap towards the Decommissioning of TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Units 1-4 (Mid-and-Long-Term Roadmap), clarifying milestones for fuel debris retrieval. The R&D for fuel debris retrieval is about to enter a crucial phase.
Over four years have passed since the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS occurred due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. A number of residents in Fukushima Prefecture and surrounding regions are still forced to live as evacuees and many Japanese people feel anxious over the decommissioning work at the Fukushima Daiichi NPS. To enable the evacuees to return home as soon as possible and to dispel the public’s anxieties, it is vital to advance the decommissioning safely and surely.
IRID is determined to fulfil its responsibility to achieve steady results from R&D for the decommissioning, according to the purpose of its establishment, i.e., to gather knowledge from Japan and abroad and conduct R&D projects required for decommissioning effectively and efficiently. We sincerely appreciate your kind guidance and continued support, and encouragement of our efforts.
Technology Research Association,
International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning
Hirofumi Kenda, President