On July 30, after a hiatus of more than ten and a half years, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) restarted its High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR), a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) with a thermal output of 3MW. The reactor is located in Oarai Town, Ibaraki Prefecture, about a 90-minute drive northeast of Tokyo.
- 2 July, 2021 Mihama-3 Restarted After Decade-long Hiatus: First Restart in Japan of a Reactor Operating Beyond 40 Years
- 28 June, 2021 Mihama-3 Restarts after Decade-long Hiatus
- 16 June, 2021 Japanese Cabinet Approves Environmental White Paper 2021
- 16 June, 2021 LDP Parliamentary Association to Reconfirm Position on Utilization of Nuclear Power
- 16 June, 2021 Fukui Governor Concerned about Deletion of Reference to “Maximum Utilization” of Nuclear Power
- 14 June, 2021 NRA Considers Policy on Treating Slurry from ALPS, with Local Understanding Essential
- 9 June, 2021 MNF Hopes to Resume Fuel Production as Early as November
- 8 June, 2021 Opinions Differ Within Japan’s Governing Coalition Concerning Nuclear Power
- 8 June, 2021 Local Concerns About Unfounded Fears and Rumors on Offshore Release of Treated Water
- 7 June, 2021 JEMA Proposes that Nuclear Power Be Maintained at a Certain Scale
- 7 June, 2021 IHI to Participate in NuScale’s SMR Project
- 4 June, 2021 FEPC Declares for “Zero Emissions”
- 2 June, 2021 Japan’s Power Industry Workers Union Calls for Prudence toward the Closure of Coal-fired Power Plants
On July 21, a rough draft of Japan’s next Strategic Energy Plan was presented at the Strategic Policy Committee, under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy. Because 3 years have passed since the current plan was issued, the Japanese government has been addressing its revision since last fall. The policy committee is chaired by Takashi Shiraishi, chancellor of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto.