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Tuesday, 7th May 2013
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Japanese minister visits Chernobyl to view decontamination strategy

It is hoped that a visit to Chernobyl will help Japanese minister Takumi Nemoto learn some lessons about how to recover from a nuclear disaster.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine was the site of the worst nuclear disaster in history. In 1986, the explosion and subsequent fire at the facility led to the deaths of 31 people.

Mr Nemoto is responsible for the reconstruction of areas damaged by the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi plant following the 2011 earthquake.

Officials from the Ukranian government explained to Mr Nemoto why the 1986 disaster occurred and how they have responded to it.

Spent fuel is now stored in a specialist way in Ukraine and officials were able to explain to Mr Nemoto how this is done. Government officials also briefed Mr Nemoto on what decontamination strategies are used.

Mr Nemoto said that people who are evacuated following a nuclear accident need to be kept informed of progress in the area. He also suggested that Japan could take Ukraine's lead and offer mental health care for those affected. 

Written by  Mark Smith

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