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19 September, 2019

Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Attends Opening Ceremony of Japan Booth at IAEA General Conference

At the Vienna International Center (VIC), where the 63rd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference is being held from September 16 to 20, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF) maintained the Japan Booth together with the Japanese government and private companies and organizations, showcasing Japan's peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Some one hundred persons attended the opening ceremony at the booth, which was held on the first day of the conference. Among them was Minister of State Naokazu Takemoto for Science and Technology Policy, one of the Japanese representatives. In his opening remarks, Takemoto focused on the great potential of nuclear technology to enrich people’s lives, not merely through nuclear power, but also in such matters as food production, medicine, and environmental protection. The minister referred to the exhibits at the booth, which treated such themes as cancer therapy apparatus using heavy particle irradiation, the state of decommissioning at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs), and the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture in the eight and a half years since the 2011 accide...more
19 September, 2019

At 63rd IAEA General Conference, Japanese Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy Stresses Need for Science-based Discussions on Decommissioning and Contaminated Water Measures

The 63rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is being held from September 16 to 20 in Vienna, Austria. The conference began with all participants observing a moment of silence to express their sorrow and respect for the late Director General Yukiya Amano, who passed away in July.

Naokazu Takemoto, who just became Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy in the formation of a new Japanese Cabinet on September 11, participated in the conference as one of the representatives of the Japanese government. In his remarks, he first expressed appreciation for the decision by the IAEA to name one of the facilities at its Seibersdorf laboratories after the deceased Director General Amano. He then noted Amano’s achievements in pursuit of “Atoms for Peace and Development,” and expressed the wish that his advocacy and intentions be carried on in the generations to come, leading to the promotion of peace and stability of international society. Takemoto referred to the advice given in a report on the decommissioning of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (N...more
10 September, 2019

Symposium in Tokyo Looks at Taiwanese Energy Situation, and Discusses Fear and Misinformation about Foods Sourced in Fukushima

On September 5, a symposium held at the Ookayama Campus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, co-sponsored by the university and the Fukushima Innovation Coast Framework Promotion Organization (FIPO), included discussions about the energy situation in Taiwan, with Taiwanese university students participating along with President Lee Min of the Chung Hwa Nuclear Society (CHNS). The participants then looked at the issue of the role of nuclear energy in power supplies and environmental protection, as well as the reconstruction of Fukushima.

Student Liao Yenpeng comments on his visit to Fukushima.In August 2017, Taiwan, which is now proceeding with a nuclear phaseout policy, experienced a major power failure that affected almost half of the households in the country. Meanwhile, the following year, a massive blackout hit the whole of Hokkaido in September 6, 2018, due to a 6.6-magnitude earthquake striking the southern part of the island. Incidentally, the earthquake occurred when all units at the Tomari Nuclear Power Plants of the Hokkaido Electric Power Co. were suspended to deal with requirements under Japan’s new regulatory standards. In his comments at the symposium’s opening, President Shigeaki Okajima of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) said that it was important for both Japan and Taiwan to consider the positioning of nuclear power among energy sources. He the...more
10 September, 2019

Kyushu Electric Power Files Decommissioning Plan for Genkai-2 and Seeks Change to Genkai-1 Plan, with Work on Both to Proceed Simultaneously

On September 3, the Kyushu Electric Power Co. filed an application with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan for approval of its plan to decommission its Genkai-2 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 559MWe). The power company also requested preliminary talks with Saga Prefecture and Genkai Town under nuclear safety agreements with each of them.

Genkai NPPsWhile making the application for Genkai-2, Kyushu Electric Power also asked the NRA to approve a change to its decommissioning plan for Genkai-1, the work on which is already underway. It seeks to revise its processes in that way to take advantage of the benefits accrued from carrying out work on the two units at the same time. However, that move will push back the completion date for Unit 1 eleven years, with the decommissioning work on both units now slated to end in 2054. The entire decommissioning process for Genkai-2 is divided into four stages, as follows: Preparing for dismantling. Dismantling and removing facilities and equipment in the area surrounding the reactor. Dismantling and removing the reactor itself. Dismantling and removing the reactor building and ot...more

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