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Economic cost of Japan's nuclear shutdown

Nuclear Policies

14 April 2015

Nuclear power benefitted the Japanese economy by some ¥33 trillion over the years, said Masakazu Toyoda of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), and the country risks wasting this in its slow progress to restart its reactors.

Erdoğan approves Turkey-Japan nuclear agreement

New Nuclear

10 April 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has approved parliament's ratification of an intergovernmental agreement with Japan to build a nuclear power plant at Sinop, according to a statement on his website yesterday.

Takahama 2 cleared for ten more years

Regulation and Safety

09 April 2015

Takahama 48Unit 2 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture has been granted a ten-year operating life extension by the country's nuclear regulator.

Court halts restart of Takahama reactors

Regulation and Safety

14 April 2015

The restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant, expected by the end of this year, has been blocked by a temporary injunction imposed by the Fukui District Court today. Kansai said it will appeal the ruling.

Robot enters Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 containment vessel

Regulation and Safety

10 April 2015

Snake robot in unit 1 PCV - 48UPDATED A shape-changing robot began surveying conditions within the primary containment vessel of the damaged unit 1 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant on 10 April. However, the robot stopped working before completing its mission.

Tsuruga 2 sits on active fault, NRA concludes

Regulation and Safety

26 March 2015

Tsuruga 2 - 48The restart of unit 2 of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture has been thrown into doubt after the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) accepted a report compiled by a panel of experts that concluded the unit sits upon an active fault line. However, plant owner Japan Atomic Power Company says it still plans to apply for safety checks in order to restart it.