25th May 2021
2. Faculty/Graduate School, Department (Stream / Program) / Major
Project Assistant Professor, School of Engineering,
Department of Nuclear Engineering and Management
3. Name of award and short explanation about the award
Name of the award: Excellent Research Award
Please explain the award: It was given for the excellent results achieved in the research related to Fukushima Daiichi NPP decommissioning
4. About awarded research
For his contribution to the clarification of the phenomena of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident progression serving as a central role in the international cooperation and for the advancement of the development of the SAMPSON code in relation to the analysis of the accident progression.
Since 2012, after my graduation, I have been working to understand the accident progression occurred at Fukushima Daiichi NPP on March 11th 2011. The central part of the research was the development of the Japanese Severe Accident code named SAMPSON. In addition, during the same time I have led for 7 years the OECD/NEA international project named Benchmark Study of the Accident at Fukushima Daiichi NPP (BSAF) which has resulted in important knowledge to quicken the decommissioning work.
5. Your impression & future plan
Long time is expected to complete the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi NPPs and I will persevere at the University of Tokyo to conduct meaningful research to reduce the necessary time and costs to complete this challenging task.