22 August, 2016
Ikata-3 NPP Back in Full Operation
On August 22, the Shikoku Electric Power Co. announced that its Ikata-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 890MWe) was in a state of full operation.
3 August, 2016
For the First Time since Fukushima Accident, No Marine Products Show Radioactive Concentrations Above the Reference Value
On July 25, Japan's Fukushima Prefecture released the results of measurements that it had taken of radioactive materials in marine products caught offshore of the prefecture during fiscal year 2015 (ending March 2016). Radioactive cesium concentrations in all 8,438 products tested were less than the reference value of 100Bq/kg.
2 August, 2016
Fuel Debris at Fukushima Daiichi-2 Mostly Found at Bottom of Reactor Pressure Vessel
On July 28, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) released its evaluation of the results of an examination of fuel debris in Unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, carried out using cosmic-ray muon measurement technology. Most of the spent fuel debris—fuel that had melted in the accident and resolidified—appears to be at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of Unit 2.
27 July, 2016
Sociologist Says It’s “Time to Update Recognition” of Realities at Fukushima
On July 21, at a press conference at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan (FCCJ), the sociologist Hiroshi Kainuma (right in photo), associate professor at Ritsumeikan University, introduced his most recent publication, Fukushima Daiichi Genpatsu Hairo Zukan (“Encyclopedia of the Fukushima Daiichi NPPs Decommissioning”). Kainuma earlier wrote Hajimete no Fukushima-gaku (“First Study on Fukushima”), which received the 2016 Energy Forum Merit Award.
12 July, 2016
Do Not Lose the True Meaning of Restoration
It has already been five years. Direct memories of the giant earthquake of March 11, 2011 (known as the “Great East Japan Earthquake”) and the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants are fading. That cannot be helped. We are exposed every day to news of fresh disasters—both natural and man-made—be they terrorist attacks or the latest series of earthquakes in Kumamoto and Oita Prefectures.