Fukushima students and academics visit Sheffield to discuss Nuclear decommissioning and environmental recovery

Visitors from The National Institute of Technology, Fukushima CollegeToday the Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomed visitors from the National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College in Japan.

The National Institute have developed a programme of study for their students looking specifically at the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and environmental recovery - a topic of particular significance to the Institute and local people in the wake of the damage caused to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March 2011.

The ongoing decommissioning of the facility and environmental clean up remain a significant priority for the Japanese government, and the training of the next generation of engineers is a vital part of this development programme commissioned by the Nuclear Regulatory Agency in Japan.

Before arriving in Sheffield, the representatives from Fukushima College - three students and two academics - visited Sellafield Ltd, a site licence company specialising in nuclear decommissioning and the National Nuclear Laboratory to look at their processes, as part of a five-day trip to the UK arranged in collaboration with Japanese Embassy in the UK.

Dr Hajime Kinoshita showed the delegation around the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and its MIDAS Facility established with support from the Department of Energy and Climate Change, giving them an overview of the research we carry out to investigate nuclear waste immobilisation and disposal.

Dr Kinoshita said, ‘We are hopeful that this visit will be the start of a positive relationship with the National Institute of Technology, Fukushima College, and that we will be able to work together to help next generation of engineers, vital for steady recovery of Fukushima and healthy development of technology’.