16 November, 2018
NRA Allows Tokai-2 to Be Operated for Sixty Years, a First for a BWR
On November 7, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) issued the final approval needed to extend the operating lifetime of the Tokai-2 Nuclear Power Plant (BWR, 1100MWe) by an additional twenty years. The plan is owned and operated by the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC).
7 November, 2018
National Nuclear Convention Held, Aiming to Reflect the Voices of Siting Areas
On October 31, a two-day meeting of the National Convention of Nuclear Siting Areas kicked off in Tokyo, under the theme of “Nuclear Power Safety and Utilization.” The meeting was sponsored by the National Nuclear Union, among others.
17 October, 2018
Shikoku Electric Power Asks Japan’s NRA to Approve Ikata-2 Decommissioning Plan
On October 10, the Shikoku Electric Power Co. filed an application with the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan for approval of its decommissioning plan for the Ikata-2 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 566MWe). The power company also submitted requests to Ehime Prefecture and Ikata Town under the nuclear safety agreements that it has concluded with those governments for their preliminary agreements to the plan.
10 October, 2018
The Implications of Removing the “Sun Child” Statue in Fukushima
At the end of August, a decision was made to remove a statue—named “Sun Child”—that had been erected in Fukushima after the tsunami-caused nuclear accident of March 11, 2011. The statue depicts a boy who wears a yellow protective suit but no helmet. Looking up at the sky, he has a monitor on his chest with the counter set at "000." Six meters tall, the statue has provoked strong reactions among those who have seen it.
5 October, 2018
JAIF Press Briefing: President Takahashi Foresees Progress in BWR Examinations by NRA
On September 27, President Akio Takahashi of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) gave his regular press briefing.
28 September, 2018
Hiroshima High Court Rules to Allow Ikata-3 to Restart
The Ikata-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 890MWe), owned and operated by the Shikoku Electric Power Co., in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, is expected to resume operation, one year after being shut down. On September 25, the Hiroshima High Court (Presiding Judge Masayuki Miki) lifted the temporary injunction that it had issued in December 2017. The power company will now inspect the facility and equipment, and prepare to restart the plant.
30 August, 2018
International Mentoring Workshop in Science and Engineering for Women Held in Tokyo
On August 8 and 9, the “Joshikai II for Future Scientists: International Mentoring Workshop in Science and Engineering” was held in Tokyo at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (“Miraikan” in Japanese). Altogether, some fifty-one female students participated from three junior high and nine senior high schools in Japan, conducting experiments and engaging in discussions with women mentors from overseas.
11 June, 2018
Nuclear Energy Buyers Guide in Japan 2018-19 is now available
JAIF has released a new publication titled "Nuclear Energy Buyers Guide in Japan 2018-19."