29 March, 2018
Ikata-2 NPP to Be Decommissioned – Would Not be Profitable Beyond Forty Years
On March 27, Japan’s Shikoku Electric Power Co. decided to permanently shut down its Ikata-2 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 566MWe), located in Ikata Town, Ehime Prefecture. It has been about thirty-six years since the unit was first commissioned, and to extend its permitted operating lifetime from forty to sixty years would require a huge investment for the safety measures required to comply with Japan’s new regulatory standards.
28 March, 2018
Thoughts on the Resumption of Operation at the Ohi-3 and Genkai-3 NPPs
On March 14, the Ohi-3 (PWR, 1180MWe) of the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai-EP) resumed operation, followed by the Genkai-3 (PWR, 1180MWe) of the Kyushu Electric Power Co., on March 23. That brings the total number of the country’s nuclear power plants clearing the new post-2011 safety regulations to seven.
27 March, 2018
Russia Lifts Bans on Marine Products from Japan; Those from Fukushima Still Require Additional Documentation
As of March 26, the Russian government had lifted almost all prohibitions on marine products from Japan that had been introduced due to fear of radioactive contamination in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, owned and operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). Bans on marine products produced in Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Chiba and Niigata Prefectures have been fully lifted. Those from Fukushima Prefecture are accepted with additional documentation that they are free from contamination, and more.
27 March, 2018
Registration Ends Soon for the 51st JAIF Annual Conference
The online registration for the 51st Annual Conference (April 9-10 at the Toshi Center Hotel Tokyo) will end this Friday, March 30 (Japan time).
23 March, 2018
Seventh NPP Restarted: Genkai-3
On March 23, the Genkai-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 1180MWe), owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co., in Genkai Town, Saga Prefecture, was restarted. It is the seventh NPP restarted under the new regulatory standards aimed at strengthening safety measures for nuclear power plants. The 6th, the Ohi-3 NPP, owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power (Kansai EP), in Ohi Town, Fukui Prefecture, was restarted on March 14. Seven years after the giant earthquake in March 2011, driven by the realities of supply and demand, Japan’s return to nuclear power is becoming clear.
23 March, 2018
Ohi-3 Becomes Japan’s First 1000MW-Class NPP to Be Restarted
In the evening of March 16, the Ohi-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 1180MWe), owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP), resumed power generation after four and a half years.
19 March, 2018
Genkai Town Assembly Approves Proposal Seeking New NPP Construction
On March 19, the Town Assembly in Genkai, where the Genkai Nuclear Power Plants, owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co., is located, approved a proposal asking the central government to come out clearly in the Strategic Energy Plan in favor of construction of new NPPs. As restarting of the Genkai-3 and -4 NPPs draws near, the town reaffirmed its support for the promotion of nuclear energy.
26 February, 2018
WTO Ruling Sides with Japan against South Korean Ban on Japanese Marine Products
On September 22, a dispute settlement panel (henceforth referred to as “the panel”) of the World Trade Organization (WTO)—ruling on the issue of the South Korea’s ban against and regulation of the import of marine products from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, owing to the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) belonging to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO)—said that the import ban was an “unjustifiably discriminate” measure, and released a report recommending corrective action by South Korea. It also advised South Korea to similarly lift its demand for additional inspections on all Japanese food products. The ruling represented a victory for Japan, which had lodged a complaint against the series of restrictions.
22 February, 2018
We All Live Inside the “Boundary” of Fukushima
Since the disaster in March 2011, Fukushima University has carried out its Fukushima Ambassador Program (FAP) twice yearly, for two weeks each, providing foreign exchange students with opportunities to visit affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture. Through homestays, the students are supposed to see the actual conditions in the area and how people are coping.