VIENNA (Sputnik) — Before the Fukushima accident in March 2011, some 30 percent of Japan's energy needs were met by nuclear power. At the moment, the work of all 48 nuclear reactors in the country has been halted. Some 20 reactors at 13 Japanese nuclear power plants are being assessed for compliance to the new country's safety standards, introduced in the summer of 2013.
"The NRA [Nuclear Regulation Authority] should work to attract competent and experienced staff, and enhance staff skills relevant to nuclear and radiation safety through education, training, research and enhanced international cooperation. Japanese authorities should amend relevant legislation to allow NRA to perform more effective inspections of nuclear and radiation facilities," the agency's press service said in a statement.
Measures to complete elimination of the consequences of the disaster, including the dismantling of the reactors, were estimated to take about 40 years.