Introduction

Yotaro Hatamura

On March 11, 2011, The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, and the tsunami waves it induced triggered an unprecedented accident at the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)-owned Fukushima-1 (Daiichi) Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). Three and a half years have already passed since then. Great efforts by those involved with recovery have placed the reactors in cold shutdown; however, the problems of contaminated water, over 130,000 evacuees (160,000 immediately after the accident) still kept out of their homes, and decontamination still continue.

On May 24, 2011, the Cabinet Council decided to establish the Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations. Its assignment was, for Fukushima-1 ...

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