Joined SKS in October 2016
Reactor Safety Technology Department, Radiation Safety Design Section Subsection Chief

Keiichi Kato

Q1What kind of work do you currently do?

I am currently responsible for the disposal of waste material generated by plants that are in operation and analysis related to the disposal of waste material from dismantled plants that have been decommissioned.
When disposing of waste material, levels of radiation, something that affects the external environment, must be reduced to a level less than that which people are exposed to in nature. My work involves performing analysis and calculations concerning how deep material is to be buried and how thick the waste containers must be and designing the radiation shields.

Q2What have you found challenging since joining SKS?

In my previous job a lot of our work was done individually so when I came to SKS I struggled with how to share information within a team setting. Everyone was friendly so I had no problem talking with them but because everyone was working in their own field or area it was sometimes confusing as to who was doing what and what information had already been shared with whom. In response, we created a system whereby everyone could share common mistakes, problems and minor incidents, etc., creating a framework that enabled us all to understand who was doing what and share work progress. So far we haven't had any problems so I feel like our system is working.

Q3Are there any new skills you would like to acquire in the future?

Our work in the analytical department involves working with plans and figures based on the radiation doses measured by the onsite teams therefore we have little opportunity to see the real thing. I would like to broaden the scope of things I can do in the future. One specific thing I have done is accompany an onsite team on my own request to an onsite measurement in order to learn more about the technology used to measure radiation doses. I am also currently studying to acquire qualifications in relation to the handling of radiation. I decided to do this so that I could understand more about the theory behind how the results generated by the analytic codes were being calculated.

Q4What are your impressions of SKS?
How do think it will change in the future?

There is a lot of movement in the industry and I handle a lot of information in the course of my analytical work. Members of the same team are working on different things and there is so much information, even in the same department, so in a lot of cases we don't know what other departments are doing. If we were to take an interest in and understand what other teams around us were doing, we may, for example, think of more efficient methods or come up with new plans and ideas, etc.
In addition to things like accuracy and advanced technologies, I would like to find my own strengths, like efficiency that will help us to differentiate us from our competitors.

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A day at work at SKS

  • 8:30

    Arrive at work, check emails

  • 9:00

    Team meetings

  • 9:30

    Attend regular meetings with client

  • 11:00

    Analytical work

  • 13:00

    Create work process

  • 14:00

    Work meetings with client

  • 18:00

    Team work progress meetings

  • 18:30

    Leave work

How I spend my days off

On my days off I spend my time playing with my kids or playing sport.
I play a lot of sports but I particularly like ball sports.
I enjoy exercising, playing tennis or baseball with my friends.

Message to students

I believe it is important to talk and communicate as much as possible within the circle of your own friends and outside that circle. There are times, when I talk to new employees, even the quiet and detached ones, that they talk about things they don't understand about their work or how they can fix them. However, I believe it is ok for people to openly admit when there is something they don't understand or have concerns about.

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