In March 2012 industry leaders provided their perspectives on Fukushima and outlined what steps their companies were taking in response.
Over four years on from Fukushima, Agneta Rising, director general of the World Nuclear Association considers the lessons from the accident.
There is a need to acknowledge some simple truths if we wish to genuinely improve nuclear safety and ensure public well-being more effectively in the future.
Nuclear power plants are designed to withstand earthquakes, and in the event of major earth movement, to shut down safely. In areas where the frequency and magnitude of earthquakes is significant, such as in Japan, particular attention is paid to seismic issues in the siting, design and construction of nuclear power plants.