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New Market Alert: Nuclear Decontamination in Fukushima Prefecture

The nuclear accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant resulting from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that hit Northeast Japan released large amounts of radiological material into the surrounding environment and led to the evacuation of most of the residents living within a 19-mile radius of the plant. The Government of Japan estimates that 770,000 Tera-Becquerels of radiological materials, mainly Cesium 134, Cesium 137, and Iodine 131, were spread in Fukushima Prefecture across a 63-mile radius from the plant—concentrated in the northwest. Since 2011, Japan’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) has been leading the effort to clean up the contaminated areas and restore them to a state in which those evacuated can return. The work to clean up the highly contaminated areas just outside the Fukushima Plant could take years.

Thus far, $7.5 billion has been spent to treat 11 high dose areas as well as local municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, a total area of approximately 1,500 square miles. The MOE, as well as local governments in Fukushima Prefecture, are commissioning new nuclear remediation projects on a regular basis. This ongoing work presents business opportunities for U.S. firms looking to assist Japan in its clean-up effort, providing those firms take a long-term view. The U.S. Embassy works closely with the MOE to better understand the situation in Fukushima and offer suggestions concerning the remediation process.

Commercial Service Japan (CS Japan), as part of the U.S. Embassy team, is committed to providing U.S. firms with the latest updates on this remediation work and opportunities. We will use this page to provide critical information in the form of “Market Alerts” to U.S. firms with technologies and know-how that are ready to engage in the work of nuclear remediation and the storage and/or disposal of contaminated materials.

Interested firms either based in or supplying solutions from the United States are invited to sign up here should they want to receive email notices when the latest Market Alert is posted. Also, should you have any comments or questions or seek additional information about specific alerts, please contact Takahiko Suzuki, Commercial Specialist, U.S. Embassy Tokyo at Takahiko.Suzuki@trade.gov.