Looking inside ourselves and out at the world
Independent and neutral with regard to all political and religious orientations,® aims to promote awareness of the major democratic principles on which tolerance is based.

UN backs Japan nuclear stress tests

It's the endorsement Japan's government has been waiting for. The United Nations' nuclear experts backing for stress tests designed to show the country's nuclear plants could withstand another disaster like last year's quake and tsunami. The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency team in Japan is James Lyons. SOUNDBITE: James Lyons, IAEA director of nuclear safety and security division and head of Japan Review Team, saying (English): "We were able to give them some additional areas where they could improve their process, including using newer internationally accepted safety standards. They have, in their discussions with us, have indicated to us that they want to use those ne standards so we were confident that they would do a good job in their secondary assessment." The 9 magnitude quake and subsequent, massive, tsunami in March 2011 wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It's the worst nuclear crisis the world has seen in 25 years since the Chernobyl disaster. The tests are computer simulations which evaluate a reactor's resilience to such events. The IAEA's endorsement of the tests could help bolster government moves to restart other reactors. Critics are questioning the validity of the tests. They say they only simulate one natural disaster at a time. They also suggest the tests don't reflect the risk of equipment failure and human error seen at Fukushima. Paul Chapman, Reuters

© DailyMotion -

Comment on this article!
To post a comment, we encourage you to become a member of® or log in if you are already a member. You can still post your commentwithout registering, but you will need to fill your personal information each time.

Become a member (free)   |   Log in

Postings are subject to the terms and conditions of®. Before submitting your message , you must read the Terms and conditions of® and agree to them by checking the box below.
Your name:
  I have read and agree to the Terms and conditions of®.
Follow us on ...
Facebook Twitter