The government and Tokyo Electric Power Company have compiled a "mid/long-term road map" for dealing with all aspects of the recovery from the accident that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 to 4. Based on this road map and the implementing plan, both parties are continuing to work on various initiatives towards decommissioning and complete recovery from the accident.
Initiatives to "develop human resources and partner with research organizations from the mid/long-term standpoint" are listed in the road map. In order to implement these initiatives, “Enhanced Program for Nuclear Decommissioning Research and Human Resources Development” of the “Initiatives for Nuclear Science and Technology and Human Resources Development by Drawing on International Knowledge and Expertise” was established. This is an investment in national competitiveness. Regarding mid/long-term fundamental research that is difficult for the private sector to undertake alone within the area of focus related to human resources development for decommissioning, the aims of this program are to pool intellectual resources from diverse fields, to overcome issues, and through safe and steady decommissioning projects, to develop the talents of those who will contribute solutions to these difficult issues.
Having been contracted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Tohoku University has been addressing issues through this program since fiscal year 2014.