IAEA opens probe at Fukushima Daiichi

Experts from the Vienna headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Tokyo May 23 to prepare for an international fact-finding mission that will include visits to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and other locations.

The IAEA organized and dispatched the mission following its agreement with the Japanese government. Nearly 20 international and IAEA experts from a dozen countries will participate in the mission that conduct its activities from May 24 to June 2.

The mission will make a preliminary assessment of the safety issues linked with Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s (TEPCO's) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident following the earthquake and tsunami in March. As part of the mission’s scope, areas that need further exploration or assessment based on IAEA safety standards will be identified.

The experts are expected to compile lessons learned from the accident and will share their experience and expertise with Japanese authorities.

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