Fukushima (Kyodo):  The head of an IAEA team of experts on Tuesday hailed Japan's efforts in ensuring the safe handling and management of waste from the cleanup of radiation-tainted areas near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
    
In talks with Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, Juan Carlos Lentijo, General Director for radiation protection at Spain's nuclear regulatory authority, also said the 12-member team has had meaningful discussions with Japanese officials during their visit to advice on the decontamination work.
    
Meanwhile, Sato told Lentijo, "Decontamination is most important in order for our residents to resume their daily lives. It is the first time for Japan to conduct decontamination over such an extensive area and taking this opportunity, I hope to ask for (International Atomic Energy Agency's) continued support for Fukushima for many years to come."
    
The IAEA team, which arrived in Japan on October 7, is scheduled to head to Tokyo on Tuesday after visiting the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
    
The experts will stay in Japan until October 15 and present a preliminary report to the Japanese government at the end of their mission.
    
On Tuesday's meeting coincided with the seven-month anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and ensuing tsunami that crippled the Fukushima plant.

(Agencies)