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The International Atomic Energy Agency will open a nuclear emergency response training center in Fukushima city next Monday, Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday.
An IAEA official will be stationed at the Capacity Building Center to conduct three annual sessions for trainees from Japan and other countries.
Over four days from next Tuesday, the center will hold a session for some 40 people from 18 countries to monitor radiation, and collect and analyze soil samples around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The center's operations will represent part of the prefecture's cooperation with the U.N. agency under an agreement they reached last December.
The center will help the prefecture and the IAEA "promote mutual cooperation and collaboration more smoothly," Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato said at a press conference.