Cooperation between Fukushima and Chernobyl continues during the war

Cooperation between Fukushima and Chernobyl continues during the war

On August 19, 2022, an online meeting was held with the participation of representatives of the Japanese and Ukrainian sides regarding the continuation of the Japanese government program “SATREPS”, which promotes and promotes joint international research. This program is implemented with the assistance of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

In 2017, the Chernobyl Institute of Research and Development and the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity of Fukushima University signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at organizing scientific cooperation within the framework of the Fukushima-Chernobyl program.

This program is part of the global program of the Japanese government “SATREPS”.

However, the Russian invasion of the territory of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 stopped all research activities in the territory of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. In addition, the aggressor stole and destroyed a significant part of the research equipment of enterprises and institutions belonging to the sphere of management of DAZV. That is why cooperation between Ukrainian and Japanese institutes becomes even more relevant in such difficult times. Because spreading the experience of liquidating the Chernobyl accident and the Fukushima accident, as well as systematizing the practical knowledge gained, is incredibly important for all of humanity.

During the online meeting, the Chairman of the DAZV, Yevhen Kramarenko, sincerely thanked the University of Fukushima for the supply of research equipment, which the contractor of the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity of the University of Fukushima, Oleg Brazhii, handed over to the director of the DSP “Ecocenter”, Sergey Kireev, namely 9 dosimeters, as well as 40 individual DKG-21 dosimeters, which will be used tomorrow for measurements on the territory of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

Serhiy Ivanovych expressed his gratitude to his Japanese colleagues and answered the questions of representatives of the Japanese mass media, who had the opportunity to join the meeting, regarding the radiation status of the Chernobyl zone after de-occupation.

Ukraine’s ambassador to Japan, Serhiy Korsunskyi, as well as his Japanese colleague Matsuda Kuninori, spoke at the online meeting with words of support, thanks and hope for further cooperation.
Oleksandr Galushchenko, Director of the Chernobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve, also took part in the meeting.

The purchase and supply of equipment by Fukushima University is planned to continue until the end of 2022.

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