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Dialogue with CEO

The head of NRRC and a CEO of each utility have a direct dialogue to make the same understanding of the business environment surrounding each utility’s nuclear business and the issues for risk management enhancement, and to exchange opinions frankly on the NRRC activities.

● Dialogue with Mr. Muramatsu, CEO of Japan Atomic Power Company (February 7, 2018)

Date February 7, 2018
Place Headquarters, CRIEPI
Main Participants
JAPC: :Mr. Muramatsu (CEO), Mr. Ichimura (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve were informed of the voluntary efforts for the improvement of nuclear safety by JAPC. Mr. Muramatsu and Dr. Apostolakis discussed topics such as the status of practical applications of PRA and collaboration including human resource development and application of NRRC’s R&D results to the practical works at the site.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Iwane, CEO of Kansai Electric Power Company (November 13, 2017)

Date November 13, 2017
Place Headquarters, Kansai EPCO
Main Participant
Kansai :Mr. Iwane (CEO), Mr. Toyomatsu (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results

Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited the headquarters of the Kansai EPCO. They were informed of the status of Kansai’s nuclear power plants and the voluntary efforts for the improvement of nuclear safety. Mr. Iwane and Dr. Apostolakis discussed topics such as risk communication, the dialogue between regulator and industry, and the trial of risk information utilization in maintenance works.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Kobayakawa, CEO of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings
(August 30, 2017)

Date August 30, 2017
Place Headquarters, TEPCO Holdings
Main Participant
TEPCO Holdings :Mr. Kobayakawa (CEO), Mr. Makino (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited the headquarters of the TEPCO Holdings. Mr. Kobayakawa and Dr. Apostolakis discussed topics such as the risk information utilization and human resource development for improvement of nuclear safety, the risk management of external events, and the mutual collaboration in Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 6/7 pilot project for PRA improvement.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Katsuno, CEO of Chubu Electric Power Company (June 7, 2017)

Date June 7, 2017
Place Headquarters, Chubu EPCO
Main Participants
Chubu : Mr. Katsuno (CEO), Mr. Kurata (CNO)
NRRC : Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited the headquarters of the Chubu EPCO. Mr. Katsuno and Dr. Apostolakis discussed topics such as the use of risk information in operation and maintenance, the results of “Risk-Informed Decision Making Workshop” held by NRRC and the industry’s response to inspection reform initiatives proposed by NRA to be introduced in 2020.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Watanabe, CEO of J-POWER (June 5, 2017)

Date June 5, 2017
Place Headquarters, J-POWER (EPDC:Electric Power Development Co.,Ltd.)
Main Participants
J-POWER :Mr. Watanabe (CEO), Mr. Nagashima (CNO),
Mr. Urashima (Director and Executive Managing Officer)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited the headquarters of the J-Power. They were informed of the voluntary efforts for the improvement of nuclear safety of Ohma NPP which is under construction. Mr. Watanabe and Dr. Apostolakis discussed organizational issues for safety improvement such as organizational structure for Risk-Informed Decision Making and the role of top management.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Kanai, CEO of Hokuriku Electric Power Company (February 21, 2017)

Date February 21, 2017
Place Headquarters, Hokuriku EPCO
Main Participants
Hokuriku :Mr. Kanai (CEO), Mr. Nishino (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Shika Nuclear Power Plant on February 20, 2017. They were informed of the voluntary efforts regarding the improvement of nuclear safety and saw the safety enhancement measures and the inside of the emergency response building.
On February 21, Mr. Kanai and Dr. Apostolakis discussed topics such as the expert team reviews of the pilot projects for PRA improvement and the industry’s response to inspection reform initiatives proposed by NRA.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Shimizu, CEO of Chugoku Electric Power Company  (August 24, 2016)

Date August 24, 2016
Place Headquarters, Chugoku EPCO
Main Participants
Chugoku : Mr. Shimizu (CEO), Mr. Furubayashi (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Shimane Nuclear Power Plant on August 23, 2016. They were informed of the voluntary efforts regarding the improvement of nuclear safety and saw the inside of the containment vessel of Unit 3 now under construction.
On August 24, Mr. Shimizu and Dr. Apostolakis discussed topics such as the industry’s response to inspection reform initiatives proposed by NRA. Mr. Shimizu also stated his expectations from NRRC, such as activities by the RIDM promotion team and the outcome of the PRA pilot programs.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Mayumi, CEO of Hokkaido Electric Power Company  (June 7, 2016)

Date June 7, 2016
Place Headquarters, Hokkaido EPCO
Main Participants
Hokkaido :Mr. Mayumi(CEO), Mr. Sakai(CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results

Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited the headquarters of the Hokkaido EPCO where they were informed of the voluntary efforts for the improvement of nuclear safety. Mr. Mayumi stated his expectations from the NRRC, such as providing the outcome of the pilot programs of PRA improvement, and developing risk communication methods.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Harada, CEO of Tohoku Electric Power Company (Apr. 28, 2016)

Date April 28, 2016
Place Headquarters, Tohoku EPCO
Main Participants
Tohoku :Mr. Harada (CEO), Mr. Watanabe (CNO), Mr. Masuko (Managing Director)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant on April 27, 2016, heard the story of safe shutdowns of three units and also the story of severe damage of local communities, saw the safety enhancement measures of the plant, and discussed the implementation status of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).
On April 28, Mr. Harada and Dr. Apostolakis discussed on Tohoku EPCO’s risk management process using PRA results and the expectations from the NRRC.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Uriu, CEO of Kyushu Electric Power Company (Mar. 4, 2016)

Date March 4, 2016
Place Headquarters, Kyushu EPCO
Main Participants
Kyushu :Mr. Uriu (CEO), Mr. Nakamura (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results

Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Sendai Nuclear Power Plant on March 3, 2016, saw the safety enhancement measures of the plant equipped after Fukushima Daiichi accident, and discussed the voluntary efforts for safety improvement.

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On March 4, Mr. Uriu and Dr. Apostolakis discussed on Kyushu EPCO’s efforts to improve safety and expectation from NRRC.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Hirose, CEO of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Nov. 5, 2015)

Date November 5, 2015
Place Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry
Main Participants
Tokyo :Mr. Hirose (CEO), Mr. Anegawa (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant on November 4, 2015, saw the safety enhancement measures of the plant, and discussed the application of risk information to the specific site operations and the safety culture building activities.
On, November 5, Mr. Hirose and Dr. Apostolakis discussed the Tokyo EPCO’s efforts to apply risk-informed decision making and risk communication.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Chiba, CEO of the Shikoku Electric Power Company (June 2, 2015)

Date June 2, 2015
Place Headquarters, Shikoku EPCO
Main Participants
Shikoku :Mr. Chiba (CEO), Mr. Kakinoki (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited the Ikata Nuclear Power Station on June 1, 2015, saw the emergency response room and mobile equipment, and discussed the implementation status of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).
In the dialogue on June 2, Mr. Chiba and Dr. Apostolakis discussed on face-to-face communication with local community conducted by Shikoku EPCO, risk communication, and safety goals.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Hamada, CEO of the Japan Atomic Power Company (Mar. 5, 2015)

Date Mar. 5, 2015
Place Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industries
Main Participants
JAPC :Mr. Hamada (CEO), Mr. Ichimura (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Tsuruga Nuclear Power Plant on March 2, 2015, were informed on the result of JAPC’s survey on the shatter zones, and had discussions on the development and utilization status of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).
In the dialogue on March 5, Mr. Hamada and Dr. Apostolakis discussed on the current status and the future vision for PRA utilization.

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● Dialogue with Mr. Yagi, CEO of Kansai Electric Power Company (Mar. 4, 2015)

Date Mar. 4, 2015
Place Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industries
Main Participants
Kansai :Mr. Yagi (CEO), Mr. Toyomatsu (CNO)
NRRC :Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Takahama Nuclear Power Plant on March 3, 2015, saw various measures installed for safety improvement, and exchanged opinions on the development and utilization status of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).
Mr. Yagi and Dr. Apostolakis discussed on the reinforcement of risk management, safety culture, and risk communication in the dialogue on March 4.

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● Dialogue with Mr Mizuno, CEO of Chubu Electric Power Company (Jan. 15, 2015)

Date Jan. 15, 2015
Place Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industries
Main Participants
Chubu: Mr. Mizuno (CEO), Mr. Sakaguchi (CNO)
NRRC : Dr. Apostolakis (Head), Dr. Meserve (Executive Advisor)
Results
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For the effective dialogue, Dr. Apostolakis and Dr. Meserve visited Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant on Jan. 14, 2015 to see various measures installed for safety improvement and had discussions on the development and utilization status of Probabilistic Risk Assessment (PRA).
In the dialogue on Jan. 15, Mr. Mizuno and Dr. Apostolakis exchanged opinions on the risk management of nuclear operation and primary issues to be solved for effective use of PRA.

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