Journalists from 11 countries recently visited Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to observe various facilities there and the progress of reconstruction in nearby areas of Fukushima Prefecture.
Fourteen journalists took part in the bus tour, which was organized by the Japanese Association of Science and Technology Journalists headed by Shigeyuki Koide. It was held in cooperation with entities including The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Clad in white protective suits and particle filter masks, the reporters entered the premises of the nuclear power plant on June 12. The bus tour took them to several sites in the plant, where they observed a test of a frozen soil wall meant to prevent the inflow of underground water by freezing the soil around the reactor buildings.
They also saw a group of storage tanks for tainted water, more and more of which have been built.
Chhatra Karki, a 40-year-old staff writer for a Nepalese daily who took part in the tour, said he understood the situation. It is important to proceed with the work as scheduled, but also to secure the safety of the workers, Karki said.
The following day, the journalists visited Miharu in the prefecture, where they attended a seminar to exchange ideas with former Vice Mayor Shigeru Fukaya and Sokyu Genyu, an Akutagawa literary prize winner and chief priest at a temple in the town.
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