16 October, 2020
Government’s Strategic Policy Committee Starts Deliberations toward Revision of Strategic Energy Plan
On October 13, the Strategic Policy Committee, under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy (chaired by Takashi Shiraishi, Chancellor of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto), launched deliberations toward issuance of the next Strategic Energy Plan.
13 October, 2020
NUMO Accepts Suttsu’s Application for Literature Survey in Selecting HLW Final Disposal Site—First Since Release of Map of Scientific Features
On October 9, the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) accepted an application from Suttsu Town in Hokkaido to undergo a literature survey as part of the process of selecting a high-level radioactive waste (HLW) final disposal site.
12 October, 2020
Nuclear Power Plant and Reactor Exporters’ Principles of Conduct (NuPoC)
Desiring to be of help to the Japanese nuclear industry in expanding its business overseas, we, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF), carry out operations aimed at furthering such expansion. We have recently exchanged information with manufacturers supporting the NuPoC and we share that information below. On the same matter, a presentation was made to our member companies at the members forum on March 8, 2016.
9 October, 2020
NRA Approves Draft Review Report Finding MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant Compatible with Regulatory Standards
At a regular meeting on October 7, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) approved a draft review report for the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, owned by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL), which is located in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture. The report—which concluded that the facility was compatible with Japan’s new regulatory standards—will be finalized after being referred to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and made open to the public for comments.
23 September, 2020
Hitachi to End Business Operations on UK Nuclear Power Project
On September 16, Hitachi, Ltd., announced that it would end business operations on a multi-billion-dollar project to construct nuclear power plants (NPPs) in the United Kingdom. It made the decision considering that twenty months had already elapsed since the project was suspended in January 2019, and also because the investment environment has “become increasingly severe” due to the impact of COVID-19. (Hitachi’s News release is here.)
4 September, 2020
Japan’s NRA Says RFS’s Recyclable-Fuel Storage Center Is Compatible with Regulatory Standards
At a regular meeting on September 2, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) issued a draft review report for the Recyclable-Fuel Storage Center, owned by the Recyclable-Fuel Storage Company (RFS), saying that the facility was compatible with the new regulatory standards.
3 September, 2020
JAIF Issues Joint Video Message with Foreign Counterparts
The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF), jointly with nuclear industry representatives from the United States, Europe, UK and Canada, has submitted a video message to the “Platform for Redesign 2020”, an online platform on both the recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic and measures dealing with climate change and other environmental issues.
3 August, 2020
On Taking Office as JAIF President
Let me introduce myself. I am Shiro Arai, the newly appointed president of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. I heartily offer my greetings to you in my new position.