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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Future business opportunities seen in Fukushima cleanup.. how honourable.....

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Future business opportunities seen in Fukushima cleanupFILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), workers try to remove radioactive fuel rods from the Unit 4 building at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co., File)

TOKYO —
There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technology and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need.
Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide that eventually need to be retired, Japanese industry sees a profitable market for decommissioning expertise.
It may sound surprising, given all the ongoing problems with the coastal Fukushima Daiichi plant, including massive leaks of contaminated water and other mishaps that followed its devastation by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
But many experts and industry officials say the experience and technology such as robotics being developed can be used in any decommissioning in the future.  That could represent new opportunities for Japan Inc., which has lost some of its global clout to competitors from countries such as South Korea, China and the U.S.
“There is decommissioning business here beyond Fukushima and it’s a worldwide business,” said Lake Barrett, a former U.S. nuclear regulator who headed the Three Mile Island cleanup. “I think it’s an exciting new area,” he said. “Japan can be a world leader again.”
Japan’s government hopes an offshoot will a boom in the country’s nuclear technology exports.
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On the eve of the Third aniversary.. this comes out of Japan today.....

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