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Japanese steel components sufficiently strong, NRA says

Regulation and Safety

25 November 2016

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has concluded that domestically produced nuclear power plant components are sufficiently strong for their intended purpose.

Mihama 3 cleared for extended operation

Regulation and Safety

16 November 2016

Mihama NPP 48Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved an extension to the operating period for Kansai Electric Power's Mihama unit 3, enabling the plant to operate for up to 60 years.

Kawamata evacuation order to be lifted

Regulation and Safety

02 November 2016

The evacuation order for the town of Kawamata in Fukushima prefecture will be lifted next March, allowing residents to permanently return to their homes there, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced.

Fukushima earthquake leaves nuclear plants unaffected

Regulation and Safety

22 November 2016

Tepco found no "abnormalities" at its Fukushima plants following an off-shore earthquake on Tuesday morning. The cooling system in the used fuel pool of Tepco's Fukushima Daini unit 3 automatically shut but was subsequently restarted. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued tsunami warnings following the magnitude 7.4 quake.

Japan-India nuclear cooperation agreement signed

Nuclear Policies

11 November 2016

Mod-Abe_11_Nov_16_(Kantei)-48The prime ministers of India and Japan have welcomed the signature today of a nuclear cooperation agreement between the two countries. Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe said the agreement reflects a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership for clean energy, economic development and a peaceful and secure world.

Changes proposed to Japanese decommissioning

Waste and Recycling

21 October 2016

A proposal to change decommissioning rules in Japan could mean that operators will contribute to funds only during operation, and not, as previously, for a decade after final shutdown.