21 June, 2018
JAIF Holds General Assembly: Chairman Imai Welcomes JAIF’s Role as “Control Tower” to Strategically Develop Nuclear Human Resources
On June 18, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) held its general assembly for FY18 (covering the period from April 2018 to March 2019) in Tokyo, at which a settlement of accounts for the previous fiscal year was submitted and appointments of officers upon the expiration of their previous terms were proposed; both were unanimously approved. The assembly participants were also given explanations of the FY17 business report and the FY18 business plan and budget.
20 June, 2018
Fukui Governor Castigates NRA Chairman over Slow Examinations
On June 18, Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) exchanged views in Tokyo with Governor Issei Nishikawa of Fukui Prefecture. The meeting was scheduled as an opportunity for the NRA to hear the wishes of the local municipality prior to the start of decommissioning of the prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) Monju in Fukui Prefecture.
20 June, 2018
New Association to Be Launched in July, with Ei Kadokami at the Helm
A new organization called the Atomic Energy Association (ATENA) will be established on July 1, the purpose of which will be to mobilize the information and resources of the entire Japanese nuclear industry to achieve substantive safety improvements.
15 June, 2018
Fukushima Daini NPPs to Be Decommissioned as Well
In the morning of June 14, President Tomoaki Kobayakawa of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) met Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori at the prefecture’s office in Fukushima City, where he told the governor that TEPCO was working toward a decision to decommission all four units at its Fukushima Daini (Fukushima-II) Nuclear Power Plants (4 BWRs, 4400MWe total). “If the current undefined situation is allowed to continue,” he said, “it could hinder the restoration of Fukushima.”
11 June, 2018
Nuclear Energy Buyers Guide in Japan 2018-19 is now available
JAIF has released a new publication titled "Nuclear Energy Buyers Guide in Japan 2018-19."
30 May, 2018
Shikoku Electric Power Applies to Install Spent Fuel Dry Storage Facility for Operation in 2023
On May 25, Japan’s Shikoku Electric Power Co. filed an application with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to examine the plan to construct a spent fuel facility at its Ikata Nuclear Power Plants, located on Shikoku Island. It also submitted requests to Ehime Prefecture and Ikata Town, hosting the NPPs, for their consent.
10 May, 2018
Ohi-4 NPP Restarted, Kansai EP to Lower Rates 4%
On May 9, the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) restarted its Ohi-4 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 1180MWe) in Ohi Town, Fukui Prefecture. Kansai EP plans to lower power rates as early as July by an average of some 4% for households.