U.S. and Japanese Companies Exchange Information on Environmental Remediation Technology
Fukushima Prefecture Governor Sato welcomes U.S. Ambassador John V. Roos back to Fukushima
June 28 - Representatives from 32 U.S. companies with expertise in environmental remediation technology met with their Japanese counterparts during a two-day visit to Japan. The visit was designed to discuss possible avenues of cooperation in supporting Japan's efforts to address the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
On the first day, the American representatives (nearly 80 strong) exchanged information with experts from Japanese private-sector contractors, Japan's Ministry of the Environment, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO). At JETRO's Tokyo headquarters, the representatives were welcomed by Japan's Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono and U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos, who launched the idea for such a visit in January 2012 after a conversation with the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, Yuhei Sato.
The representatives then delivered presentations on the capabilities of their respective companies, and had the opportunity to get to know their Japanese counterparts in an informal setting. In his remarks to the participants, Ambassador Roos stated "As President Obama made clear, we were - and still are - committed to supporting Japan over the long term. We are joining together again to assist in the long, hard work of cleaning up and rebuilding."
Representatives of U.S. companies visit an environmental remediation project in Fukushima Prefecture
The following day, the representatives traveled to Fukushima Prefecture, where they had a chance to meet Governor Sato. Following the meeting, they made site visits to three separate environmental remediation projects in Fukushima, to witness in person the cleanup efforts that are underway in Japan.
The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo would like to thank the Ministry of the Environment, JETRO, and Fukushima Prefecture for their assistance in arranging this important visit. On the U.S. side, the visit was made possible by the combined efforts of the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Energy, and U.S. Department of Commerce. This exchange represents the ongoing commitment of the United States to assist Japan as it continues to move forward in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake.