IAEA sees strengthened safety inspections in Japan

10 February 2020

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts recently said Japan had strengthened inspections as part of extensive efforts in recent years to improve its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety.

The Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) team carried out the eight-day follow-up mission to review Japan’s implementation of recommendations and suggestions made during the initial IRRS mission.

IRRS peer review missions are designed to strengthen the effectiveness of the national nuclear regulatory infrastructure, based on IAEA safety standards and international good practices, while recognizing the responsibility of each country to ensure nuclear and radiation safety.

The scope of the mission includes the responsibilities and functions of the Government and the regulatory body. In addition, the team was this time requested by Japan to review safety related to the transportation of radioactive material.

The final mission report will be provided to the Government of Japan in about three months. The Government plans to make the report public.