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Safety approval for first Japanese reactor restarts

Regulation and Safety

16 July 2014

Sendai 48Sendai nuclear power plant units 1 and 2 have draft approval to restart and generate electricity again. The final stages in Japan's new licensing regime could be completed before September.

Japan continues to count cost of idled reactors

Nuclear Policies

17 June 2014

Japan's ongoing reliance on imported fossil fuels while its nuclear reactors await permission to restart continues to impact on the country's greenhouse gas emissions and trade deficit.

First reshuffle at Japanese regulator

Regulation and Safety

10 June 2014

Two new commissioners at Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority have been approved by lawmakers as the safety body grows into its role and builds working relationships with industry.

Advance in SiC composite production

Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

09 July 2014

SiC fuel assembly cover 48New technology for the manufacture of nuclear fuel components from silicon carbide (SiC) has been developed by Japanese researchers. A prototype fuel assembly cover has already been fabricated and is awaiting trials.

Next stage for robotic decontamination

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi 2 cleanup robot (Tepco) 56x48Two robots are cleaning up contamination inside Fukushima Daiichi 2. A new one is wiping down the walls while another continues to scrub the floor.

Tsuruga faults inactive, says study

Regulation and Safety

10 June 2014

Geologic faults that run beneath the Tsuruga plant are not active, said an international expert team which also recommended better communication between plant owner Japan Atomic Power Company and regulators.