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Japan Lessons Learned Project Directorate

Bonsai tree with green leaves. Black trunk and ground appears in front of a setting red sun.NRC created this graphic to help the public identify our work on implementing the lessons we’ve learned from Fukushima. The bonsai tree represents Japanese culture, with the green foliage in the shape of Japan’s islands representing hope and growth. The red sun comes from Japan’s flag, and the base of the logo represents a solid foundation of cooperation and understanding.A few months after the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident, a group of NRC experts issued a report with recommendations for enhancing U.S. nuclear power plant safety. The agency decided in November 2011 to implement those recommendations by creating the Japan Lessons Learned Project Directorate, or JLD, in the NRC’s Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. This group of more than 20 full-time employees draws on the expertise of NRC staff from across the agency to take timely action on what the NRC has learned from the events at Fukushima. This dedicated team helps the rest of the NRC keep its focus on other important issues faced by the agency.

Japan Lessons Learned DirectorateThe JLD is led by David Skeen (at right in photo), a senior NRC manager who has 21 years of experience, including a role in the agency’s direct assistance to Japan immediately after the Fukushima accident. Skeen’s deputy, Robert Taylor (at left in photo), also took part in post-accident assistance to Japan as part of his 12 years with the NRC. They ensure the JLD’s actions are in line with direction from a “steering committee” made up of many of the NRC’s most senior managers.

Japan Lessons Learned DirectorateThe JLD is the NRC’s primary point of contact with the U.S. nuclear power industry for everything related to the events at Fukushima. The directorate also works with the NRC’s Office of International Programs to help represent the agency in overseas discussions of post-Fukushima activities.

In its first year, the directorate’s initial focus, with support from across the NRC and other federal agencies, was issuing orders and requests for information in March 2012 that address several of the lessons we’ve learned. The group’s ongoing work will determine the most effective means of implementing the remaining recommendations.

Questions regarding the directorate and its actions can be e-mailed to JLD_Public.Resource@nrc.gov.

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