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IAEA chief Amano to visit Fukushima Monday

Other News Materials 22 July 2011 16:07
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano is scheduled to visit Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday, the Vienna-based agency said Friday.
IAEA chief Amano to visit Fukushima Monday

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Yukiya Amano is scheduled to visit Japan's damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday, the Vienna-based agency said Friday.

The visit will be the former Japanese diplomat's first to the site that was crippled by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11, DPA reported.

An IAEA spokesperson said Amano is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Naoto Kan, the ministers responsible for foreign affairs, industry and technology, as well as executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), which runs Fukushima.

Amano's aim is not only to get a first-hand impression of the disaster site, but also to promote nuclear safety around the globe, a diplomat close to the IAEA said.

The trip follows a IAEA conference in June on the safety lessons to be learnt from Fukushima, at which Amano was tasked to come up with an action plan on how to improve global safety standards and oversight mechanisms.

Amano would consult with Japanese officials as part of developing that plan, the diplomat said.

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