15 February, 2019
TEPCO Makes Contact with Debris at Fukushima Daiichi-2
On February 14, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) released a video showing a device with two “fingers” at the end lifting pebble-shaped deposits suspected of being melted nuclear fuel (debris) at the bottom of a reactor primary containment vessel (PCV). The recording was made during an investigation undertaken on the 13th at the Fukushima Daiichi-2 Nuclear Power Plant (BWR, 784MWe). The pebble deposits, shown clearly, were of different shapes and sizes. Of the ten locations where the device made contact with them, they could not be moved at three.
12 February, 2019
Kansai EP Reviews and Pushes Back Completion Dates for Safety Improvement Work at Three NPPs Granted Extended Lifetimes
On February 4, Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) announced changes to its work schedule for safety improvement measures being carried out at its Takahama-1 and -2 and Mihama-3 Nuclear Power Plants (PWRs), and reported the changes to Fukui Prefecture.
4 February, 2019
Overview of Fact-Finding Survey of the Japanese Nuclear Industry 2017 (through March 2018)
Since 1959, JAIF has carried out an annual fact-finding survey of the Japanese nuclear industry, focusing on nuclear power companies. The purposes of the survey are to understand the overall state of the industry, to provide information to its member companies, relevant ministries and agencies, and to reflect the results in JAIF’s own business activities.
1 February, 2019
JAEA Achieves 150 Hours of Continuous Hydrogen Production Toward Utilization of Heat from HTGRs
On January 25, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) announced that it had succeeded in producing hydrogen continuously for 150 hours using a thermal-chemical iodine-sulfur (IS) process that JAEA developed to more efficiently utilize the heat supply capabilities of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors (HTGRs).
1 February, 2019
Registration Opens for the 52nd JAIF Annual Conference
JAIF is pleased to announce that the registration for the 52nd Annual Conference (AC) officially opens today. This year’s AC, titled “Tapping the Full Potential of Nuclear Energy”, will be held at the Tokyo International Forum on April 9-10.
30 January, 2019
JAIF President Takahashi Regrets Freezing of Japanese Nuclear Power Project in the UK
At his monthly press briefing on January 24, President Akio Takahashi of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) distributed and explained his message, released the same day, about Japan’s contributions to international organizations.
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.