ASN Commissioner Philippe Jamet's visit to Japan
On 30 March 2011, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, accompanied by Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, France's Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing, went to Japan to meet Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, and convey a message of solidarity from the French people following the dramatic events of 11 March.
ASN Commissioner, Philippe Jamet, was asked by the ASN Commission to take advantage of the visit to meet members of NSC and NISA, ASN's counterpart organisations in Japan.
Mr Jamet conveyed a message of support and sympathy to all ASN's colleagues who, since 11 March, have been taking action to respond to the earthquake and tsunami and deal with the effects on the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Mr Jamet also renewed ASN's offer of assistance with post-accident management. Since 2005, ASN has been conducting research into the management of situations following a nuclear accident. This work is organised through CODIRPA, a steering committee set up for this purpose.
Lastly, Philippe Jamet had talks with the Japanese Authorities to prepare the experience feedback from the accident. He passed on ASN's agreement to take part in any international expert missions set up.
Philippe Jamet was Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Installation Safety from 2007 to 2010. He was involved in international experience feedback analysis following the earthquake that struck the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in 2007.