The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the US Ministry of Energy are conducting research on decommissioning acceleration jointly by Japan and the United States to take out fuel debris (* 1) from nuclear power plants and take measures against waste. "Development of decommissioning and waste stabilization treatment method based on the chemical state of Japan" was selected.

 According to the Ministry of Education, the joint research was openly solicited in Japan and the United States, and a total of nine applications were received.After examinations by both Japan and the United States, such as holding a meeting of experts at the Japan Science and Technology Agency, which is a contracted organization for business support on the Japanese side, the Japan-US Joint Examination Committee selected candidates for adoption based on the results.

 The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident caused a great deal of radiation damage in Fukushima Prefecture, and the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant has emerged as a major issue. We are working on new technology development and human resource development projects aimed at reducing radiation damage.The new technology obtained from this project call will be used for decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, waste control, and reduction of radiation damage.

* 1 Fuel debris The reactor fuel melted due to the loss of the coolant, and it cooled and solidified together with the reactor structural materials and control rods. Guess

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