Japan vows full disclosure for UN nuclear team

The team, including six officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency, arrived in Tokyo on Monday on a 11-day visit to investigate the world`s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Last Updated: May 24, 2011, 23:53 PM IST

Tokyo: Japan vowed on Tuesday to give all
available information on the disaster-stricken Fukushima
Daiichi nuclear power plant to a visiting fact-finding team
from the UN atomic watchdog.

The team, including six officials from the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), arrived in Tokyo
yesterday on a 11-day visit to investigate the world`s worst
nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

"We will make available all information we have,"
Banri Kaieda, the minister of economy, trade and industry,
told the 18-member delegation.

The team is led by Mike Weightman, chief inspector of
nuclear installations in Britain, and made up of experts from
12 countries including the United States, China, Russia and
South Korea.

On Friday, the team is scheduled to inspect the
Fukushima plant, which was crippled by an earthquake and
tsunami on March 11 and has leaked high levels of radiation
into the environment with a meltdown reported in three
reactors.

While in Japan, it will also tour a nearby nuclear
power plant, Fukushima Daini, and meet officials from various
branches of government and the plant`s operator, Tokyo
Electric Power Co.

On June 1, the team will outline a report on the
accident to the Japanese government that it will present to an
IAEA ministerial-level conference in Vienna in late June.

PTI