The ISCN held the Pilot Training on Safeguards in Reprocessing Plants for inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a part of “promotion activities of strengthening nuclear security” subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). It was held as a JASPAS activity (Japan Support Programme for Agency Safeguards) by the government of Japan.
Participants came to Japan after three days of lectures at the IAEA Headquarters. The Japan part of the course included visits to Japan Atomic Energy Agency facilities such as Tokai Reprocessing Plant (TRP), Engineering Demonstration Facility-I (EDF-I), Chemical Processing Facility (CPF) and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Safety Engineering Research Facility (NUCEF). Lectures were given on outline and overview of those facilities and participants studied reprocessing technologies and practical equipment.
In addition, with cooperation from Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited, a lecture was given on the status of accounting for and control of nuclear material and details and methods of inspections currently conducted at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant.
Every evening, all participants partook in lively discussion on explanations received or equipment they had observed at facilities focusing on important points and items needing particular attention. It was not a completely passive training, but a zealous one.
On the last day, certificates jointly signed by IAEA and MEXT were presented to the participants at the IAEA Tokyo Regional Office.