Frequently Asked Questions
What's "Atoms In Japan" ?
"Atoms In Japan" is the only English publication to introduce the current state of Japanese nuclear energy development to interested parties overseas.
In January 1957, a letter addressed to the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) arrived from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). It was a request to receive a digest of the monthly bulletin, published by JAIF since May 1956, about Japan's domestic nuclear energy situation. UKAEA made its request for a copy of the bulletin in English. In response to that request, JAIF decided to exchange information and materials with "Atom," the official publication of the UKAEA.
In fact, the Japanese edition of "Domestic Situation in Atomic Energy" did not only cover just domestic Japanese moves in the field of nuclear energy, but also introduced overseas developments. For that reason, the English version extracted only those sections relating to moves made by the public, private and academic sectors in Japan in the field of nuclear energy development. A board meeting of JAIF held on March 5,1957, decided officially to launch the monthly English publication, which it named "Atoms in Japan." The first issue was released soon after, on April 25, 1957. That date was timed to coincide with the "Japan-U.S. Atomic Energy Joint Conference" in Tokyo, sponsored by both JAIF and the U.S. Atomic Industrial Forum, with top leaders from both countries' nuclear power industries participating.
Since then, "Atoms in Japan" has continued to be published for nearly half a century. It is probably the only English publication to introduce the current state of Japanese nuclear energy development to interested parties overseas. However, in recent years, the presentation of information in a monthly published form has come to be seen as no longer sufficient to meet the requirements for the quick dispatch of news from Japan concerning breaking developments in nuclear energy in this country.
In response to such demands for more timely information, "Atoms in Japan" undergo a rebirth in a Web-based format starting in January 2005, without forgetting the purpose and significance of its original publication.
I would also like to have a printed version of "Atoms In Japan," in addition to the Web version.
We are sorry, but we stopped printing "Atoms In Japan" with the December 2004 issue. You can, however, print PDF files from the Website.
We used to sometimes receive "Nuclear Science Information of Japan" along with "Atoms In Japan." What will happen now ?
Although we used to include "Nuclear Science Information of Japan" as a bonus, it is published by the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute and has no connection with JAIF or "Atoms In Japan." Please contact the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (http://www.jaeri.go.jp/english/).
Do I understand correctly that the Web version is free of charge until the end of March ?
Yes, as an introduction. Please visit the site as often as you like. We hope you enjoy it.
What about in and after April 2005 ? How do I view the site ?
You will need to subscribe and receive an ID and password. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a subscription, which costs $350 per year. Note that when an organization subscribes (for $350), any number of individuals in that organization can access the site with the same ID and password.
We also sometimes make arrangements with parties who are in a position to provide the AIJ editorial staff with various useful materials, in exchange for which they are granted access to "Atoms In Japan" free of charge. For this, too, please contact email@example.com. (See also the related questions below.)
Can an individual subscribe ?
Anyone can subscribe for $350 per year. But since all members of an organization can share the same subscription without additional charge, it is certainly more economical, if you belong to an organization, to subscribe in its name.
I prefer to subscribe through an agent.
Dealing with agents requires mutual trust, and, unfortunately, JAIF's experiences with agents in the past were often not pleasant ones. We no longer deal with agents. If you are interested in a subscription, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We think we will be able to satisfy you.
So the initial subscription period will be April 2005 through March 2006 ?
Yes. Subscriptions are for one year, April through March. If a subscriber wishes to cancel a subscription, there can unfortunately be no partial refund.
But if we subscribe after April, what fee do we pay ?
In that case, you will be billed for the number of months through the next March, at $30/month. For example, if a subscription is begun in mid-July, the charge will be $270 ($30 x 9) for the nine months of July through March. The subscription accounting period remains April-March.
What is the method of payment ?
We will send a bill. Please pay within 30 days of receipt.
I want to pay by credit card.
We are sorry, but we don't accept payment by credit card.
The Web version must be cheaper to produce than the printed version. Why has the price not gone down ?
In reality, even when printed, most of the costs for "Atoms In Japan" were editorial costs, which is still the case. Printing and distribution were quite rational. And of course there are Web costs now, including personnel. We are afraid a reduction is not possible.
I have sent e-mail saying I want to continue my subscription. Why haven't I received my ID and password ?
We are doing that work now, and you should certainly receive your ID and password by the end of March.
May I quote from articles and use pictures from "Atoms In Japan" ?
Yes, within the limits of good faith and common sense. Our policy is to be reasonable and accommodating. Please be sure to clearly mention JAIF and "Atoms In Japan" as your source.
Is it possible for two or more people to share an ID and password ?
Not with an individual subscription. Within the same organization, however, there is no limit to the number of people who may access the site - and the cost is the same as for one. Note that whenever the same ID and password are used from non-related IP addresses, we may temporarily suspend access in order to investigate the situation.
I would like to provide you with materials, in exchange for a subscription. What should I do ?
Thank you. Let us know the details at email@example.com.
What kind of materials would you want in exchange for a subscription to "Atoms In Japan" ?
Basically, we want English periodicals, annual reports, and things like that. Pictures of nuclear facilities and pamphlets could also be of interest, depending on the situation. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
We are a library. Are we allowed to give access to "Atoms In Japan" to our visitors ?
Yes. The visitors should not, however, be given the ID or password. Those should remain under the control of the library staff. Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Why are new articles on the site - the ones marked "UP" - sometimes not at the top of the list ?
The list is maintained in the order of the dates of the articles themselves. That is certainly the easiest way, we think, for most readers to grasp the flow of events and to find what they are looking for. Sometimes, however, for various reasons, the availability of a particular article for posting on the site is delayed. When we are in fact able to put it up, we put it in its proper chronological place, and mark it "UP."