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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.

At a meeting of the board of directors following the general assembly, JAIF Chairman Takashi Imai and JAIF President Akio Takahashi were both reappointed to their positions. Meanwhile, the board newly elected Chairman and CEO Nobuaki Kurumatani of Toshiba Corporation as JAIF vice chairman, with Director Akihito Uetake of the Kansai Electric Power Co. (also branch manager of its Himeji Branch) elected as senior managing director. At his opening address to the general assembly, Chairman Imai referred to the draft of the recently-finalized 5th national Strategic Energy Plan, saying that nuclear power was essential from the viewpoint of the so-called “3E’s” of energy security, economy and environmental protection. He nevertheless emphasized that nothing was more important than regaining ...more
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.

Governor Nishikawa, however, used the meeting to voice his dissatisfaction with such matters as the examinations that NRA conducts before restarting nuclear power plants (NPPs). “The examination process does not take time into consideration,” he said. “Delays in the examinations have adversely affected local municipalities’ abilities to take economic and employment measures, which troubles us extremely. The examinations focus on documents in Tokyo, far from the actual sites.”   Currently, various municipalities in Japan are starting to require power companies to obtain consent from additional parties before restarting NPPs—that is, bringing in other municipalities in addition to the siting areas themselves. The governor called the arguments in favor of doing so “superficial,” adding th...more
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.

Since April, the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC) and the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA) have taken the initiative in preparing for the organization’s launch. There will be 19 initial members, including corporations (power companies and vendors) and various organizations. At the organization’s monthly press briefing on July 15, FEPC Chairman Satoru Katsuno (also president of the Chubu Electric Power Co.) introduced Ei Kadokami, special advisor to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), as the first chairman of ATENA.  Saying that he would exercise his leadership toward “raising nuclear safety to a higher level,” Kadokami explained to the press the three roles of ATENA: Promoting the introduction of effective safety measures through efforts b...more
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.”

TEPCO's Fukushima Daini NPPsDecommissioning work is already underway at the Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima-I) NPPs, where the nuclear accidents occurred following the giant March 2011 tsunami. The latest policy decision means that all ten of TEPCO’s nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture are now destined to be decommissioned eventually. The company’s other NPPs are Units 1 through 7 at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPPs in Niigata Prefecture. Construction of its Higashidori NPP in Aomori Prefecture has been suspended. In light of the current situation, characterized by deeply rooted, unfounded fears and rumors in the wake of the accidents at Fukushima Daiichi, as well as the slow pace at which residents are returning to the affected areas, the power company president said that decommissioning Fukushima Daini together...more

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