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Japan to raise nuke safety check competency per IAEA review

  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Philippe Jamet, right, Commissioner of France Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission Team Leader and Juan Carlos Lentijo, left, Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, speak prior to a press conference with Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority in Tokyo.   Japan has improved its nuclear safety regulation since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but it still needs to strengthen inspections and staff competency, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by Jamet,  said Friday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Philippe Jamet, right, Commissioner of France Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission Team Leader and Juan Carlos Lentijo, left, Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, speak prior to a press conference with Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority in Tokyo. Japan has improved its nuclear safety regulation since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but it still needs to strengthen inspections and staff competency, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by Jamet, said Friday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Philippe Jamet, right, Commissioner of France Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission Team Leader and Juan Carlos Lentijo, left, Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, speak prior to a press conference with Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority in Tokyo.   Japan has improved its nuclear safety regulation since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but it still needs to strengthen inspections and staff competency, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by Jamet,  said Friday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2016 file photo, Philippe Jamet, right, Commissioner of France Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) and Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission Team Leader and Juan Carlos Lentijo, left, Deputy Director General and Head of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, speak prior to a press conference with Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority in Tokyo. Japan has improved its nuclear safety regulation since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, but it still needs to strengthen inspections and staff competency, a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, led by Jamet, said Friday, April 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)  (The Associated Press)

Japanese nuclear regulators say they'll revise law, nearly double inspection staff and send some inspectors to the U.S. for training to address insufficiencies cited by International Atomic Energy Agency experts.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority announced the plans Monday in response to an IAEA evaluation of Japan's nuclear safety regulations since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The report was submitted to the government last week.

The IAEA review, its first since the authority's establishment in 2012, was conducted in January. It said that even though Japan has adopted stricter safety requirement for plant operators, inspections are reactive, inflexible and lacking free access.

While the 1,000 U.S. inspectors have two years of training, Japan's 150 staffers receive a two-week course.

The authority plans to enact laws in 2020 to achieve the IAEA's recommendations.