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.
- 19 March, 2018 Genkai Town Assembly Approves Proposal Seeking New NPP Construction
- 16 March, 2018 FEPC Adheres to Policy of MOX Fuel Use at 16 to 18 NPPs
- 22 February, 2018 Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy’s Strategic Policy Committee Hears from Keidanren and Others
- 29 January, 2018 Japan’s NRA Exchanges Views with JAPC President Muramatsu, a Firm Believer in Thorough Safety
- 29 January, 2018 JAEC Special Committee Addresses Draft Revisions to Nuclear Damage Compensation System
- 15 January, 2018 ANRE Head Meets Niigata Governor on Kashiwazaki Kariwa, Delivers Document from METI Minister
- 12 December, 2017 JAEA Officially Classifies Monju Fast Reactor as “Closed Down”
- 12 December, 2017 Seven-point Contraction in Nuclear Share of Energy Mix Would Push Real GDP Down by 2.5 to 2.7 Trillion Yen
- 28 November, 2017 Fukui Governor Agrees to Restart Ohi-3 and Ohi-4 NPPs, with Local Procedures Complete
- 6 October, 2017 JAEC Explains Japan’s Utilization of Plutonium to the Country and the World
- 25 September, 2017 METI Minister Explains Fuel Cycle Promotion Policy to Aomori Governor
- 4 September, 2017 Round Table Studying the Energy Situation toward 2050 Begins Deliberations
- 31 August, 2017 Power Companies Request Pre-service Inspections Toward Restarting Reactors at Genkai and Ohi
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.