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Assessing the Situation

Chairman of the WANO Tokyo Centre Regional Governing Board talks about the current situation of the Tokyo Centre and Japan
Mitsuo Matsui, Advisor for the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.

Mitsuo Matsui, Advisor for the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc., and Chairman of the WANO Tokyo Centre Regional Governing BoardI have been engaged in the safe and reliable operation of the Shimane nuclear power plant for about 40 years, starting at the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc in 1976. I am pleased to utilise my experience in the activities of WANO, as Chairman of the WANO Tokyo Centre Regional Governing Board, and also I feel that it is my duty to do so as a member of the nuclear industry.

The WANO Tokyo Centre (TC) consists of members from Korea, India, Pakistan, Taiwan, China and Japan, and the 66 staff who work within TC come from each of these areas. In the internal assessment conducted by the WANO London Office and regional centres, as part of the 12 Post-Fukushima Commission projects, TC received lower evaluations for the number of staff, quality of personnel and contribution of member corporations, than other areas. The reason is thought to be that the unification of language is more challenging in Asia than in other areas and it is not easy to secure personnel with technical skills who are also proficient in English. Three years on from the original assessment, there are still some issues to be resolved, but we are making full efforts to improve TC.

The 12 Post-Fukushima Commission projects included conducting a corporate peer review of every member utility within the next six years and revision of peer review frequency, and it is a vital duty of WANO to introduce these programmes clearly to ensure improvement of global nuclear safety. In order to do that, it is important that WANO be a trusted and respected organisation by the members, which means gaining member understanding through clear lines of communication. From this perspective, I like to take as many opportunities as possible to communicate with WANO members in person.

Compliance with new Japanese regulatory standards, enforced in July 2013, is currently being examined for some nuclear power plants, and the Sendai nuclear power plant owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. is leading them; aiming to restart after July 2015. Also, with respect to plants owned by other electric power companies, preparations are being diligently advanced in order to pass the compliance examination and pave the way for restart of other plants, following the Sendai nuclear power plant. WANO TC will contribute to the safety of nuclear power generation in Japan through the implementation of restart reviews.

I will always do my utmost to make WANO better.

 

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Mr. Matsui joined the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc., in 1970. In 2007, he assumed the position as a Governor of WANO TC representing the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.. In 2009, he was named Executive Vice President of the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.. Mr Matsui assumed Chairmanship of the WANO Tokyo Centre Regional Governing Board in June 2014 and continues up to the present.