IAEA opens nuclear emergency response training center in Fukushima

The International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday opened a nuclear emergency response training center in the city of Fukushima.

The Capacity Building Center, where a Japanese IAEA official has been stationed, will train Japanese and foreign experts on the handling of nuclear accidents, based on the lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster.

It will also serve as the base for the IAEA's cooperation with Fukushima Prefecture in such operations as radioactive decontamination, as agreed in December.

"We would like to make utmost efforts to revive Fukushima Prefecture in cooperation with the IAEA," the prefecture's Deputy Gov. Masao Uchibori said at a ceremony to open the center.

IAEA Incident and Emergency Center head Elena Buglova told the ceremony the U.N. agency will pursue nuclear safety through operations in Fukushima.