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Tohoku submits decommissioning plan for Onagawa 1

Tohoku submits decommissioning plan for Onagawa 1

Tohoku Electric Power Company has applied to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority for approval of its decommissioning plan for unit 1 of the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture. The company announced in October 2018 its decision to scrap the unit as it said required safety upgrades would be too expensive and time-consuming.

Waste & Recycling 02 August 2019


Tepco declares Fukushima Daini for decommissioning

Tepco declares Fukushima Daini for decommissioning

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company today announced its official decision to decommission the four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant. The company said in June 2018 that it was considering decommissioning the plant in conjunction with Fukushima Daiichi in response to local demands for a decision on the fate of the site.

Corporate 31 July 2019


Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

Viewpoint: Japan must avoid over-conservatism in clearance of material

The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan is considering changes that would make the clearance of radioactive material about ten times stricter than international standards, creating unnecessary confusion and cost, writes Dr Charlotta Sanders, senior project manager at World Nuclear Association.

Perspectives 23 July 2019


Toshiba, AECOM expand decommissioning collaboration

Toshiba, AECOM expand decommissioning collaboration

Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation and AECOM of the USA have agreed to collaborate in providing decommissioning services to nuclear power plants in Japan.

Waste & Recycling 17 June 2019


Safety upgrade delays could take Japanese units offline

Safety upgrade delays could take Japanese units offline

Nuclear power reactors in Japan that have resumed operation could be forced to temporarily shut down again if back-up safety measures are not in place by specified deadlines under new rules approved by the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority. Operators of restarted units have already said they expect delays in the completion of such facilities.

Regulation & Safety 13 June 2019


MHI develops explosion-proof robot

MHI develops explosion-proof robot

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has used the experience it has gained from developing robots for inspecting nuclear power plants in accident situations to develop an explosion-proof robot for inspecting and monitoring industrial facilities. A prototype EX ROVR robot has been tested at a Japanese oil refinery.

Regulation & Safety 10 June 2019


Fuel removal starts at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Fuel removal starts at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe visited the Fukushima Daiichi site today as the process to remove used fuel from unit 3 officially began. It has taken several years for Tepco to remove debris from the reactor building service floor and prepare for this work to reduce the hazard at the accident site.

Waste & Recycling 15 April 2019


Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Some residents of Okuma, the closest town to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, have today been allowed to return home. The evacuation order issued in 2011 has been lifted for the more mountainous and less inhabited western area, where around 380 of the town's former population of 10,500 lived.

Regulation & Safety 10 April 2019


Japanese energy policy needs clarity, says business group

Japanese energy policy needs clarity, says business group

Japan's leading business group has called for accelerated restarts of reactors, with the years spent offline to be added back onto their lifespans. The Japan Business Federation called for clarity in energy policy beyond 2030 to support development of the power sector to reflect significant social change.

Nuclear Policies 08 April 2019


Tepco and Chubu transfer fossil fuel assets to Jera JV

Tepco and Chubu transfer fossil fuel assets to Jera JV

The fossil fuel assets of Japanese utilities Tokyo Electric Power Company and Chubu Electric Company have been passed to their Jera joint venture, as a requirement of power market liberalisation, leaving them with transmission, distribution and retail businesses, and their nuclear plants.

Corporate 02 April 2019