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18 May, 2021

METI’s Strategic Policy Committee Meets Over Analyses of 2050 Scenarios

On May 13, the Strategic Policy Committee, under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), addressed—as it had done at an earlier meeting on April 28—future energy policy toward achieving Japan’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. The policy committee was chaired by Chancellor Takashi Shiraishi of the Prefectural University of Kumamoto.

The meeting started with one member of the policy committee, Dr. Keigo Akimoto, group leader and chief researcher of the Systems Analysis Group at the Research Institute for Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), explaining the results of analyses of scenarios to evaluate power source compositions, costs, etc., on the assumption of multiple approaches to overcome technological challenges. The committee members then exchanged their views and opinions. In December 2020, the committee had provided reference values for total generated electricity in Japan in 2050 as follows: 50 to 60 percent for renewable energies, 30 to 40 percent for nuclear power combined with fossil fuels plus CCUS (carbon-dioxide capture, utilization and storage), and about 10 percent for hydrogen/ammonia. It then...more
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18 May, 2021

Kansai EP Reveals Policy on NPPs Set to Operate Beyond 40 Years, with Mihama-3 to Restart in Late June

On May 12, the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) announced its plans regarding the restart of its Mihama-3 (PWR, 826MWe) and Takahama-1 and -2 (PWRs, 826MWe each) Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).

In 2016, based on examinations by the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) to confirm the compatibility of the three units with the new regulatory standards, the power utility was granted approval to make changes to the reactor installations (basic design approval) and to extend their operating lifetimes to sixty years. Kansai EP has been carrying out activities to implement safety and disaster measures and to obtain local understanding. On April 28, the governor of Fukui Prefecture expressed his agreement to restarting the reactors. At the Mihama-3, fuel will start being loaded on May 20, and the reactor will be restarted and will resume generation in late June. The following month, after a period of adjustment operations, Mihama-3 is expected to return to full service after ...more
6 May, 2021

【54th JAIF Annual Conference】Session 3: “The Energy Vision Japan Needs”

The panel discussion in Session III, the last of this year’s conference, considered the energy vision which Japan needs in the context of the zero-emissions age that lies before us. The panelists, some of whom were Japanese and others from abroad, mainly discussed Japan’s energy and environmental policies toward the age of carbon neutrality (net-zero), together with the role that nuclear power must play. The moderator of the discussion was President Shinichi Ichikawa of Strategic Associates Japan Co., Ltd. (SAJ).

Previously, Session I of this year’s conference examined the topic of “Global Challenges Toward a Decarbonized Society.” Next, Session II looked at the reconstruction of Fukushima, which is indispensable if policies on energy and nuclear energy are to be successfully carried forward. Building on the discussions in the first two sessions, Session III turned to what Japan should do now. Moderator Ichikawa asked, “What kind of energy vision should Japan have, and what should the Japanese nuclear industry do to fulfill it?” The panelists then discussed those questions by citing examples from other countries that are more advanced than Japan in terms of eliminating emissions. Ichikawa noted that Japanese thinking had not yet caught up to other countries as far as carbon neutrality was ...more
4 May, 2021

【54th JAIF Annual Conference】Session 2: “Onward in the Reconstruction of Fukushima”

The theme of Session 2 of the JAIF Annual Conference this year, held on April 14, was “Onward in the Reconstruction of Fukushima,” which has been repeated since 2012, the year following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).

This year, the tenth since the accident, participants again exchanged views and opinions on future prospects in reconstruction of Fukushima, in the context of the current state of decommissioning at the NPPs. At the start of the session, a report on the current status of the Fukushima Daiichi NPPs and related issues was given by Akira Ono, managing executive officer, chief decommissioning officer and president of the Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination and Decommissioning Engineering Company, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings. He prefaced his remarks by saying that he had reflected on the recent incident related to physical protection of nuclear materials at Kashiwazaki Kariwa NPPs of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), and apologized for it. In 2020, Ono said, the generatio...more

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