United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Japan Lessons Learned Division

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. In June of 2013, this group expanded into the Japan Lessons Learned Division. This group of more than 50 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.

The 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 Division 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. As the NRC and industry moved towards implementation, the focus of the Division is overseeing the industry's implementation of the orders and reviewing the licensee submittals related to the requests for information.  The group's work determined the most effective means of implementing the remaining recommendations. As lessons-learned activities transition from implementation to long-term oversight, the JLD organization has been reduced accordingly, and the NRC staff has developed a plan to ensure consistent implementation of lessons-learned initiatives with predictable outcomes.

3 Minutes With...Japan Lessons Learned Staff
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