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IRID Symposium 2017 in Iwaki City:
- Challenging Toward Fuel Debris Retrieval -

The IRID symposium was held to introduce the research and development (R&D) achievements of technologies for the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS), which has been developed by IRID.

The symposium in 2017 was intended to cultivate young researchers and engineers, as well as report the results of R&D that was conducted by IRID. The symposium was titled “Challenging Toward Fuel Debris Retrieval,” following the previous fiscal year.

  • 1. Date and time : August 3, 2017 (Thurs), 13:00-16:45 (Opening at 12:30)
  • 2. Place : 6th Floor, Exhibition Planning Hall, Iwaki Business Innovation Center LATOV
    (Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture)
  • 3. Program :
[Session 1]  
13:00-13:05 Opening remarks
by Hideo Ishibashi, IRID President
13:05-13:10 Guest speech
by Takeo Hoshino, Director-General for Nuclear Accident Disaster Response,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
13:10-13:20 IRID introduction video
13:20-13:50 Presentation of “Approaching Fuel Debris”
by Hideaki Kiyoura, IRID’s General Manager of R&D Management Department
13:50-14:20 Presentation of “Fuel Debris Retrieval”
by Naoaki Okuzumi, IRID’s Senior Manager of R&D Strategy Planning Department
[Session 2]  
14:20-16:35 Communication Stage for the Decommissioning by R&D researchers
Engineers and students who are engaged in R&D answered questions
of symposium attendees through panel exhibitions,
robot demonstrations and video showing.
16:35-16:45 Closing session

Overview of Symposium

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[Session 1]

Hideaki Kiyoura, IRID General Manager of R&D Management Department, delivered a lecture on the status of approaches to fuel debris retrieval at Fukushima Daiichi NPS. Additionally, Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of R&D Strategy Planning Department, introduced the results and progress of R&D conducted by IRID.
The symposium in 2017 was attended by approximately 310 people (including press members).

  • Reception of the symposium

  • Main hall

  • Opening remarks by Hideo Ishibashi, President of IRID

  • Guest speech by Takeo Hoshino, Director-General for Nuclear Accident Disaster Response, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

  • Hideaki Kiyoura, General Manager of R&D Management Department, IRID

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  • Naoaki Okuzumi, Senior Manager of R&D Strategy Planning Department, IRID

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[Session 2]

Session 2 featured panel exhibitions, video showing and robots demonstration.
This session provided an opportunity to promote communication with engineers and students who are engaged in R&D, and provide up-to-date information on IRID R&D projects.

  • Panel exhibition

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  • Robot demonstration

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Site tour at Fukushima Daiichi NPS and Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) Naraha Remote Technology Development Center

IRID organized a site tour at Fukushima Daiichi NPS and JAEA Nahara Remote Technology Development Center for students (including undergraduate, graduate students and students at the National Institute of Technologies) on Friday, August 4, 2017.

This site tour was intended to promote better understanding of R&D activities toward decommissioning for students who are expected to be engaged in decommissioning works. The tour provided an opportunity to visit an actual site for future research to be developed by students.

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  • Visiting to Fukushima Daiichi NPS

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  • Visiting to Naraha Remote Technology Development Center

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