A “decommission experiment facility” to be built in Tomioka, Fukushima

Original Japanese written by Izumi Koshiyama, staffer

The English below written and arranged by Heeday, based on the original Japanese

The English edited by Rev. Dr. Henry French, ELCA

Below: Article from the November 9th, 2016 edition of the Fukushima Minpo newspaper

The JAEA (Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a national R&D agency) intends to build a new experiment facility in Tomioka Town, Fukushima. (The northern border of the town is only around 3 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi, at its closest point.)  At this facility, they plan to conduct experiments in FY2017 to learn what caused the melted fuel rods (called “fuel debris”) at Fukushima Daiichi. The Japanese government has allocated a budget of some JPY 1.5 billion to the new facility’s construction according to the article. Literally, billions of our tax money is going to this project.