Japan Debuts New Nuclear Counterterror Site

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday debuted several new nuclear counterterrorism training sites that employ computer simulations and physical education courses to drill personnel in responding to a possible extremist strike on an atomic power site, Jiji Press reported (see GSN, Nov. 16, 2011).

The Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security in Ibaraki prefecture features simulators that virtually project the interiors of power plants, enabling individuals to practice detecting and responding to intrusions. The center's accompanying physical training course is outfitted with motion monitors, tracking cameras, barriers, and other detection equipment that would be found at a nuclear reactor (Jiji Press I, March 21).

Meanwhile, Japan wants to jointly study the issue of options for enhancing physical protections around the transportation of atomic energy supplies with France, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, Jiji reported.

Tokyo could raise the issue of a joint study with the other three nations, which all have substantial atomic energy sectors, at next week's Global Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, government sources said.

Japan wishes to share best practices and lessons learned on how to safely move fresh and used atomic fuel materials over land and by ocean.

The Japanese government is also weighing whether to hold a multinational simulation with the other three countries of an extremist strike on a vessel transporting atomic fuel, officials said. The exercise. could include involvement from the International Maritime Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency (Jiji Press II, March 21).

March 23, 2012
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The Japan Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday debuted several new nuclear counterterrorism training sites that employ computer simulations and physical education courses to drill personnel in responding to a possible extremist strike on an atomic power site, Jiji Press reported.

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