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“U.N. forum takes up nuke accidents” via the Japan Times Online

Geneva — A U.N. disaster prevention conference commenced in Geneva on Tuesday, with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon taking up the issue of nuclear plant accidents as a major theme for the first time since the biennial event began in 2007.

Ban told the opening session of the conference that although nuclear technology has “enormous potential,” a stronger international framework is required to address safety and cross-border issues such as how to share information and secure coherence of strategies.

The four-day event follows the radiation leaks at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which has been crippled since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastated the northeast coast.

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