International forum discusses Fukushima decommissioning

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Tokyo, April 11 (IANS) An international forum has started discussing the decommissioning of nuclear reactors at Japan’s defunct Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The two-day forum, the first of its kind, opened in Iwaki City, Fukushima prefecture, on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The meeting was organized by the government-backed Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation.

The participants include officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Robots for decommissioning highly-contaminated nuclear plants were on display at the forum venue.

According to head of the corporation, Hajimu Yamana, the forum is aimed at promoting technical debate among experts in Japan and other countries and to provide information for residents of Fukushima and the surrounding areas.

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The forum discussions will conclude on Monday.

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