Chairman of Nuclear Regulation Authority
- Date of Birth
- January 1945
- March 1967
- Graduated from Department of Nuclear Engineering, Tohoku University
- April 1967
- Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute
- December 1978
- Tohoku University, Department of Nuclear Engineering, Ph. D.
- April 1999
- Deputy General Manager, Tokai Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute
- July 2002
- General Manager of Tokai Research Establishment, Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute
- June 2006
- Chairman, Atomic Energy Science of Japan
- January 2007
- Acting Chairman, Japan Atomic Energy Commission
- July 22, 2011
- Decontamination Advisor to Fukushima Prefecture
Upon joining the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, as an expert, Dr.Tanaka led the effort to return the site to normalcy following the occurrence of the JCO [Japan Nuclear Fuels Conversion Company] criticality accident in 1999. Following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company in 2011, as a specialist responsible for nuclear activities, Dr. Tanaka expressed his deepest apologies to the people of Japan and called for improvements in the nuclear safety. And, in Fukushima Prefecture, he headed up the radiation decontamination activities.
The Nuclear Regulation Authority came into being against the backdrop of badly damaged public trust in the nation's nuclear safety regulation and administration. Keeping this in mind, we must ensure that the NRA carries out its responsibility and meets the expectations of the people to the fullest, in adopting and applying strictest regulations.
We must not forget hard-learned lessons from the accident of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station; we must be zealous in protecting NRA's organizational independence and earnest in keeping its operational transparency; we should be careful not to consort with electric utilities and other interest groups; and we will be tireless in our efforts to improve our regulatory measures so that Japan's nuclear regulation standards will be among the world's highest. For me not a day passes without thinking about the people who are constrained to live in constant fear and anxiety over radiation effects. I am determined to bring all my experience and knowledge, such as those I gained from the JCO criticality accident, to achieve enhanced nuclear safety within the framework of the new regulatory authority.
Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa
- 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 2012
- Deputy Director General, Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, JAEA
Before joining the NRA, Dr. Fuketa engaged in nuclear safety research programs at Japan Atomic Energy Agency and, in particular, performed various experiments regarding reactor fuel behavior under reactivity initiated accident, loss-of-coolant accident and severe accident conditions. As a chairman of the Working Group on Fuel Safety OECD/NEA/CSNI, he promoted international efforts on nuclear safety.
One of my prime responsibilities in the Nuclear Regulation Authority is to access the degree of risk existing in nuclear-related activities by using the state-of-the-art knowledge, technology and information, and to establish regulatory criteria and structures to cope effectively with the potential danger. I will carry out my duties always with considering how much of potential danger I have recognized.
Commissioner Satoru Tanaka
- Date of Birth
- March 1950
- March 1977
- The University of Tokyo, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering
- 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
Dr. Tanaka, Professor at the School of Engineering of the University of Tokyo, has dedicated himself to research of nuclear fuel cycles and radioactive waste. As President of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Dr. Tanaka created the ‘Fukushima Special Project’ and was Chairman of AES’s Investigation Committee on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident. He contributed to the reconstruction of Fukushima as Decontamination Advisor to Fukushima Prefecture.
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 Akira Ishiwatari
- Date of Birth:
- April 1953
- March 1981
- The University of Tokyo, Ph.D., Geology
- April 1982
- Maître Assistant Associé of Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6)
- July 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
- Professor, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University
Dr. Ishiwatari has dedicated himself to research on geology, serving as President of the Geological Society of Japan in 2012-2014. Dr. Ishiwatari is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America since 2014. He conducted seismic research at Kanazawa University and continues his geological and petrological research on magmatic activities and metamorphism of Japan and Russia with special interest in ophiolites.
Earthquake, tsunami and volcanic activities are all recognized natural occurrences, but from time to time they cause catastrophic disasters beyond our day-to-day expectations. In harnessing the awesome powers of nuclear energy, mankind must also recognize these risks. As a scientist in this field, I am determined to dedicate myself to nuclear safety to help avoid any future disasters as that at Fukushima.
Commissioner Nobuhiko BAN
- 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
As a member of Committee 1 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 the effects of radiation.
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.
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.