IAEA, Japan to discuss Fukushima's treated water

The International Atomic Energy Agency will begin discussions with the Japanese government next month before it dispatches a taskforce to review Japan's plan to discharge treated radioactive water from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Japanese Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Kajiyama Hiroshi and IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi met at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday, where they agreed on the talks.

The IAEA has accepted Japan's request for its assistance in the planned release of the treated water into the sea after it is diluted to levels below national regulations.

The IAEA's taskforce will provide a third-party review of the operation. It will go to Japan by the end of this year at the earliest. The group is expected to verify whether the method is appropriate and continuously monitor the safety of the water.

Japan hopes that the IAEA review will ensure the credibility and transparency of the discharge and dispel international concerns.

In an online news conference after the meeting, Kajiyama noted that a framework is now being established to disseminate information overseas about the safety of discharging treated water.