JAPAN | IAEA chief chides Tepco on reporting

Posted on July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | JAPAN TIMES | 30 July 2011

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Friday to ensure information transparency over the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Amano made the request during a meeting in Tokyo with Tepco executives, including Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata and President Toshio Nishizawa.

“Sufficient information failed to reach the IAEA in the initial phase of the accident,” he told reporters after the meeting.

“We exchanged views on the importance of information.”

The IAEA has offered to cooperate with Tepco in decontaminating facilities, reprocessing spent nuclear fuel and handling fuel rods inside reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant, said Amano, who visited the site Monday for the first time since the accident.

“The offer was encouraging,” Nishizawa told reporters. “We would like to take advantage of knowledge from various countries to resolve the accident.”

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