A joint delegation of WiN Ukraine and WINS (World Institute for Nuclear Security) together with other participants of the Annual WiN Global Conference chaired by Japan visited Fukushima-1 (TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant) as a part of a technical tour.
It will be recalled that Fukushima-1 NPP, located in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, was included in the list of the 25 most powerful NPPs in the world. It has worked since the early 1970s.
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami caused the largest accident at Japan’s Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant. The accident, which melted the reactor core at three power units and caused an explosion, became the largest in the nuclear power industry since the 1986 Chornobyl tragedy. That is why Ukraine and Japan are the countries that are forever united by these tragedies.
“Both Ukraine and Japan have something to learn from each other – the best thing to do to avoid such phenomena in the future is to draw the lessons so it never happens again. Bilateral scientific and technical cooperation is currently continuing at all levels (governmental, institutional, expert), it is only necessary to strengthen and expand areas. Especially considering the circumstances in which the Exclusion Zone is today as a result of many days of its occupation by Russian troops in the winter and spring of this year, “ said representatives of WiN Ukraine.
Tour participants also had the opportunity to visit the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum.
Through exhibits, education and research, the Memorial Museum tells the story of what happened in Fukushima as a result of the terrible disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011. It also informs visitors about how residents have coped with their problems, and provides lessons for the future for both Japan and other countries on how to prevent or at least mitigate the consequences of such disasters.