Japan’s annual nuclear energy report has warned against complacency that could set in at nuclear plant operators once they have cleared government screening requirements. This year’s white paper on nuclear energy points to mounting challenges faced by operators of nuclear facilities in the country. The report said decontamination work following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident has been progressing in surrounding areas. However, it also said work to decommission the plant is expected to take more than 20 years. The paper also cited about 36,000 people who are forced to live away from their hometowns mainly because of the accident, and the spread of unfounded rumors about Fukushima. The report referred to the introduction in April last year of surprise inspections by Japan’s nuclear regulator at nuclear power stations. It also mentioned a recent series of security breaches in anti-terrorism measures that surfaced at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture.
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