TOKYO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- An inspection team with the IAEA arrived in Tokyo for a visit to examine how well Japan is assessing the safety of its nuclear power sector, the group said.
The 10-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency is to meet with members of the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency at the request of the government.
"Our mission really is to look at the approach and methodology that NISA is using," IAEA team leader James Lyons said in a statement. "We want to see how Japan is evaluating safety at its nuclear power plants."
A magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami led to a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan last year. The disaster led to a near-global examination of nuclear power safety.
Japan had 54 reactors online before the March 2011 earthquake but has since turned to liquefied natural gas to make up for the energy deficit brought on by the Fukushima meltdown.
Japan requested the IAEA mission after the nuclear watchdog group in September approved of an action plan that defines a work program for member states to strengthen their nuclear safety protocols.