NRA Commissioners

Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa

Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa photo

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth
July 1957
March 1987
Doctor of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
April 1987
Research Engineer, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI)
April 2001
Senior Staff, the Office of Planning, JAERI
April 2003
Head, Fuel Safety Research Laboratory, Department of Reactor Safety Research, Nuclear Safety Research Center, JAERI
October 2005
Unit Manager, Reactor Safety Research Unit, Nuclear Safety Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)
April 2010
Deputy Director General, Nuclear Safety Research Center, JAEA
April-September 2012
Deputy Director General, Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, JAEA
September 2012
Commissioner, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan
September 2014
Commissioner (Deputy Chairman), the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan
September 2017
Chairman, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan

Activities

Dr. Fuketa joined the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) in 1987 and engaged in nuclear safety research.

As NRA Commissioner since September 2012, Dr. Fuketa has dedicated his efforts to the establishment of the New Regulatory Requirements, conformity review processes for nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, and measures for risk reduction in the decommissioning process of the Fukushima Daiichi NPS.

As a leading expert in the field of reactor fuel behavior under accident conditions, Dr. Fuketa took on the position of chairman of OECD/NEA/CSNI and made contribution to international cooperative activities in the area of nuclear safety research.

Message

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan was established as an independent regulatory authority based on lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Since that time, we have made tireless efforts to ensure transparency and implement regulatory measures reflecting the latest domestic and international information and lessons.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident is still fresh in our memory. The NRA has maintained a keen sense of mission and responsibility at the highest levels, but it is also true that, as human beings, we tend to forget things over time. Thus, it is essential to engrave the lessons learned from Fukushima in the NRA’s institutional memory rather than just personal reflections.

We must avoid lapsing into a mind-set of self-satisfaction and recognize that the pursuit of the highest safety standards is our highest, ongoing priority. I am determined to do my best to instill widespread confidence in our nuclear safety regulations based on independence and transparency.

Commissioner Satoru Tanaka

Commissioner Satoru Tanaka photo

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth
March 1950
March 1977
Doctor of Nuclear Engineering, The University of Tokyo
December 1977
Research Associate, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
October 1981
Associate Professor, Nuclear Engineering Research Laboratory, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
February 1994
Professor, Department of Quantum Engineering and System Science, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
April 2008 - September 2014
Professor, Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
September 2014
Commissioner, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan
September 2017
Commissioner (Deputy Chairman), the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan

Activities

Dr. Tanaka has dedicated his effort to the research of nuclear fuel cycles and radioactive waste at the postgraduate research institute of the University of Tokyo. Dr. Tanaka is a leading researcher in the field of nuclear energy, and is Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo.

Dr. Tanaka founded the ‘Fukushima Special Project’ as the President of the Atomic Energy Society (AES) of Japan and contributed to the reconstruction of Fukushima as a Decontamination Advisor to Fukushima Prefecture.

As Chairman of AES’s Investigation Committee on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, Dr. Tanaka coordinated root cause analyses and recommendations of AES.

Message

I am determined to dedicate myself to securing nuclear safety, mindful of the purpose of the NRA to contribute to protecting the lives, health, and property of our citizens and to preserve the environment. Making judgments based on scientific knowledge and on-site observation are vital for this task, and I will utilize all my knowledge and experience as well as take into account the latest findings and developments in the field of nuclear regulation. Furthermore, I will exercise my vigilance to avoid any further risks during decommissioning work at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi NPS and off-site environmental restoration.

Commissioner Shinsuke Yamanaka

Commissioner Shinsuke Yamanaka photo

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth
December 1955
November 1989
Doctor of Engineering, Osaka University
December 1994
Associate Professor, Department of Engineering, Osaka University
May 1998
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2010
Director, Frontier Research Center,
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2016
Director, Open Innovation Education Research Center,
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
August 2016
Vice-President /Trustee, Osaka University
August-September 2017
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
September 2017
Commissioner, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan

Activities

As a leading researcher, Dr. Yamanaka dedicated himself to research in the field of nuclear engineering and radioactive fuel engineering and materials, such as fuel safety research related to severe nuclear reactor accidents.

Dr. Yamanaka has contributed to promoting nuclear regulations and nuclear research as a member of NRA’s Nuclear Fuel Safety Examination Committee and NRA’s Technical Committee on Backend, and a program officer of MEXT’s Nuclear Safety System R&D Project.

Message

As we must not forget the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, I will fulfill my mission as an NRA commissioner for the Japanese citizens. Making use of my experience in research on fuel safety under severe nuclear reactor accidents and human resource development, I am ready to carry out my task to improve nuclear safety. Through activities as a commissioner, I am determined to the best of my ability to contribute to the reconstruction of Fukushima and resume trust from the international community.

Commissioner Nobuhiko BAN

Commissioner Nobuhiko BAN photo

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth
July 1963
March 1988
Completed a master’s degree at Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo (Master of Health Science)
April 1988
Entered Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation
April 1993
Research Associate, Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo
April 1998
Ph.D. in Medical Science, The University of Tokyo
April 1998
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences
April 2004
Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences
April 2011
Professor, Faculty of Nursing, Tokyo Healthcare University
September 2015
Commissioner, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan

Activities

As a member of Committees 1 and 4 of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and Japanese delegation to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), Dr. Ban has been involved in international reviews and discussions on radiation effects and protection.

As a leading expert in radiation effects and radiological protection, he worked with governmental and institutional committees to address issues of radiation exposure and its health effects.

Dr. Ban chaired Steering Committee on “Q&A about Radiation in Daily Life” of Japan Health Physics Society and coordinated its activities. He has worked to disseminate scientific knowledge about the effects and risks of radiation.

Message

The ultimate purpose of safety regulation is to protect humans. As for radiation safety, it means to protect people from harm of radiation exposure. The experience of Fukushima Daiichi Accident indicates that the issue should not be confined to biological effects to humans, but should be taken from the perspective of people living in the society. I will do my best at every single task, giving due consideration of radiation risks on a scientific basis and keeping human dimension in mind.

Commissioner Akira Ishiwatari

Commissioner Akira Ishiwatari photo

Curriculum Vitae

Date of Birth
April 1953
March 1981
Doctor of Science, the University of Tokyo
April 1982
Maître Assistant Associé of Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)
January 1986
Assistant Professor, Department of Science, Kanazawa University
June 1992
Associate Professor, Department of Science, Kanazawa University
July 2003
Professor, Department of Science, Kanazawa University
April 2008-September 2014
Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
September 2014
Commissioner, the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan

Activities

As a leading researcher in the field of geology, Dr. Ishiwatari served as the President of the Geological Society of Japan in 2012-2014 and has been a Fellow of the Geological Society of America since 2014.

Dr. Ishiwatari made contributions to the activities of NRA, such as serving as the Chairman of the Peer Review Meeting on assessment reports from the ‘Expert Meeting on the Investigation of Fracture Zones in nuclear power plants’ and participating in the field investigations of fracture zones.

Message

Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic activities are natural hazards that potentially cause catastrophic disasters beyond our expectations. In harnessing awesome powers of nuclear energy, mankind must prepare for these risks with profound scientific understanding. As a scientist in this field, I am determined to dedicate myself to nuclear safety to help prevent any future disasters such as the events at Fukushima.

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