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Transfer of Fukushima clean-up waste gets go-ahead

Waste and Recycling

03 March 2015

The transfer of radioactive soil and waste generated from clean-up work following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant to a provisional storage site has been approved by the governor of Fukushima prefecture and the mayors of Futaba and Okuma.

Japanese firms struggle with electricity rates

Nuclear Policies

16 February 2015

Some 90% of Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises think their business would be adversely affected by any future increases in electricity prices, a survey by the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has found. Restarting the country's nuclear power plants is seen as one way of reducing prices.

Looking inside Fukushima Daiichi unit 1

Regulation and Safety

10 February 2015

Muon detector installation at unit 1 - 48Tepco hopes to gain a greater understanding of the location of the molten fuel in unit 1 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi with the installation of a muon detection system. A shape-changing robot will also soon be deployed to explore within the unit's reactor.

IAEA team sees improvements at Fukushima Daiichi

Regulation and Safety

18 February 2015

IAEA team at Fukushima Daiichi 4 48Significant tasks have been completed in the clean-up and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, an international expert mission has concluded. However, it says many challenging issues remain.

Two more Japanese reactors approach restart

Regulation and Safety

12 February 2015

Takahama 48Two units at the Takahama nuclear power plant have moved one step closer to restarting following final approval by the Japanese regulator of changes in the reactor installations. They become the third and fourth reactors in Japan to gain such permission.

Kansai fine tunes Takahama plans

Regulation and Safety

05 February 2015

Takahama 48The restart of two of Japan's idled nuclear reactors has moved a step closer after Kansai Electric Power Company submitted amendments to its work plans for approval by the country's nuclear regulator.