IAEA experts visit Fukushima

Fifteen experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrived in Fukushima Prefecture on Monday to cooperate with the prefecture in decontaminating areas exposed to radiation from the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Under an agreement the prefecture signed with the U.N. agency last December, the experts will inspect through Friday the effects of radiation on wildlife and the management of radioactive materials arising from decontamination.

"Fukushima Prefecture's reconstruction is gaining momentum thanks to the launch of this cooperation project," the prefecture's Deputy Gov. Masao Uchibori told the IAEA experts at their meeting in Fukushima city. "It is encouraging."

Miroslav Pinak, head of the IAEA Radiation Safety and Monitoring Section, pledged to provide the prefecture with advice and support to make appropriate decisions.