NRA Commissioners

Shunichi TANAKA
Chairman of Nuclear Regulation Authority

Shunichi TANAKA Chairman of Nuclear Regulation Authority photo

Curriculum Vitae

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

Activities

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.

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Message

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

Commissioner 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 2012
Deputy Director General, Nuclear Science and Engineering Directorate, JAEA

Activities

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.

Message

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

Commissioner Satoru Tanaka photo

Curriculum Vitae

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

Activities

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.

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 Akira Ishiwatari

Commissioner Akira Ishiwatari photo

Curriculum Vitae

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

Activities

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.

Message

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

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

Activities

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.

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.

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