International Symposium on
"Present Status and Future Perspective for Reducing Radioactive Wastes ~ Aiming for Zero-Release ~"
Japan has been making efforts on technological development for reducing the volume and toxicity of radioactive waste and the nuclear fuel cycle that contributes to the effective use of resources and promoting fuel cycle activities including reprocessing and plutonium use in a light water reactor (LWR). In the 4th Strategic Energy Plan, approved by Cabinet in April this year, nuclear energy is recognized as a base-load power source and playing an important role in Japan on the major premise of ensuring safety. Meanwhile, the management of spent fuel arising from the use of nuclear power is a worldwide challenge. In terms of securing various options for solutions, Japan will promote research and development of technologies including nuclide transmutation technology for reducing radiation doses of long-term residual materials in radioactive waste and for enhancing safe treatment and disposal of radioactive waste.
This international symposium will be held for the interested public both to provide reports on, and to gain better understanding of, the current status of efforts on reducing radioactive waste and future perspectives considering international cooperation, on the basis of the situation of Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle projects being promoted.
On the first day, Prof. Yoichi Fujiie, former Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, will give Keynote Speech on the use of nuclear energy and its harmonization with environment, followed by speeches regarding efforts made by other countries on the reduction of radioactive waste. In addition, domestic and foreign experts will address the direction of and expectations for studies to reduce radioactive waste with separation and transmutation technologies using fast reactors and accelerators from a long-term perspective. The last session of the day will be a panel discussion on future perspectives regarding the use of nuclear energy and its harmonization with environment.
On the second day, presentations will be given on the status and future of the research and development (R&D) of fuel cycle and nuclear transmutation technologies in order to put the discussion on the first day into a concrete shape, followed by a panel discussion to address future R&D and ways of international cooperation.
The Program of the symposium is attached.[PDF, 94KB]
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