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IAEA notes strengthened safety inspections in Japan

IAEA notes strengthened safety inspections in Japan

Japan has strengthened inspections as part of extensive efforts in recent years to improve its regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety, an International Atomic Energy Agency peer review mission has concluded. The team identified areas for further improvement, recommending measures on occupational radiation protection and transport safety.

Regulation & Safety 21 January 2020


Lifting of Fukushima evacuation orders re-opens rail link

Lifting of Fukushima evacuation orders re-opens rail link

Evacuation orders in the towns of Futaba, Okuma and Tomioka - imposed after the March 2011 accident at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant - are to be partially lifted in early-March. The areas include three train stations, allowing a full service to resume on the JR Joban Line.

Regulation & Safety 20 January 2020


Second injunction keeps Ikata reactor offline

Second injunction keeps Ikata reactor offline

The Hiroshima High Court today imposed a temporary injunction on the operation of unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, currently in a maintenance outage. Operator Shikoku Electric Power Company said it will appeal the decision, the second injunction to be imposed on the unit since it was restarted in 2016.

Regulation & Safety 17 January 2020


Uzbekistan signs U supply deals with Japanese firms

Uzbekistan signs U supply deals with Japanese firms

Uzbekistan has signed contracts worth more than USD1 billion for the supply of uranium to Japan, Kun.uz reported yesterday, without stating its source. The contracts were signed as part of the December visit of the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to Japan.

Uranium & Fuel 08 January 2020


Revisions to Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning roadmap

Revisions to Fukushima Daiichi decommissioning roadmap

The trial removal of fuel debris from the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin at unit 2 in 2021, according to the latest revision to the mid and long-term roadmap towards decommissioning the plant. Meanwhile, the removal of fuel from the storage pools at units 1 and 2 has been delayed by up to five years.

Waste & Recycling 30 December 2019


USA, Japan need new nuclear, says US Commerce Secretary

USA, Japan need new nuclear, says US Commerce Secretary

Japan and the USA both need new nuclear generating capability to replace ageing and inefficient generating capacity and could work together to achieve this, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told a bilateral meeting yesterday. Japan would benefit greatly by having a fleet of new, inherently safe reactors, he said.

Nuclear Policies 20 December 2019


Effectiveness of Fukushima decontamination studied

Effectiveness of Fukushima decontamination studied

Following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Japanese government launched decontamination work in the surrounding area. With most of this work now completed, the European Geosciences Union has today published an assessment of the effectiveness of the strategies used, with a focus on radiocaesium.

Waste & Recycling 12 December 2019


Regulator approves decommissioning plan for Ohi 1 and 2

Regulator approves decommissioning plan for Ohi 1 and 2

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today approved the decommissioning plan for units 1 and 2 of the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. Kansai Electric Power Company announced in December 2017 that it would not seek permission to restart the two 1175 MWe pressurised water reactors.

Waste & Recycling 11 December 2019


France and Japan collaborate in fast reactor development

France and Japan collaborate in fast reactor development

An agreement to cooperate on the development of fast neutron reactors has been signed between Framatome and the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Mitsubishi FBR Systems and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The partners have previously collaborated on the Astrid project.

New Nuclear 09 December 2019


Regulatory approval for Onagawa 2 restart

Regulatory approval for Onagawa 2 restart

Tohoku Electric Power Company has received initial regulatory approval to resume operation of unit 2 at its Onagawa plant in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. The plant was the closest nuclear power plant to the epicentre of the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011, but sustained far less damage than expected.

Regulation & Safety 27 November 2019