With this Symposium the German Research and Innovation Forum Tokyo (DWIH) together with its co-organizers University of Fukui, Technische Universität Dresden and Japanese-German Center Berlin provide a platform for the exchange of experiences and strategies on R&D, education and technology related aspects of decommissioning.
The disastrous accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 had political consequences that reached far beyond Japan. In Germany, for example, the eight oldest of 17 reactors were taken off the grid within days of 3/11 and will not return to operation. In record time, the German government prepared comprehensive legislation to phase out the remaining nine reactors by 2022. Despite the decision to opt out of the use of nuclear power Germany needs to maintain and advance nuclear competence in order to continue safe operation of German nuclear facilities and the upcoming challenges involved in decommissioning facilities and disposing nuclear waste.
Also in Japan, some nuclear plants have been closed, or their operation has been suspended for safety inspections. Presently all 48 reactors as well as research reactors and other nuclear facilities are offline. The main focus of dismantling and decontamination activities in Japan lies on the Fukushima Daiichi plant. But there are another seven reactors which are about 40 years old, and the operators are considering decommissioning at least five. The decommissioning of Tokai Power Station, the first commercial nuclear power plant in Japan, which terminated commercial operation in 1998, has been carried out since 2001.
For both countries, it is essential to open up interesting long-term possibilities for young scientists and engineers to work and qualify in the nuclear sector. In Japan, with most veteran nuclear plant engineers expected to retire in the next 15 years, passing on expertise to younger generations is an urgent task. Furthermore, international exchange and cooperation is essential to keep up the high standard of nuclear know-how in Germany and in Japan.
The Symposium will address these challenges and various R&D related aspects of decommissioning. Ongoing decommissioning projects and technologies for dismantling, decontamination as well as strategies in the area of waste management and final disposal will be presented.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015, from 9 am to 6 pm
Venue: Osaka Knowledge Capital, Congrès Convention Center, Room 1+2
Languages: Simultaneous translation Japanese/English