8 April, 2021
JGC Holdings Announces Participation in SMR Development by NuScale Power in the U.S.
On April 6, JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC) announced that it would expand its business overseas—engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for small modular reactors (SMRs)—and invest USD40 million in NuScale Power, LLC, a developer of SMRs in the United States.
19 March, 2021
NRA Approves Draft Review Report on Dry Spent Fuel Storage Facility at Genkai NPS
At a regular meeting on March 17, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) approved a draft review report on the Dry Spent Fuel Storage Facility at the Genkai Nuclear Power Station (NPS), owned by the Kyushu Electric Power Co..
17 March, 2021
Nippon Foundation Surveys Young People on Decarbonization Awareness
The Nippon Foundation of Japan has released the results of a survey conducted in January 2021 of 1,000 men and women around the country aged 17 and 18. Since 2018, after the voting age was lowered from 20 to 18, the foundation has surveyed young people several times a year on various societal issues.
12 March, 2021
President Kobayakawa Addresses TEPCO Employees to Mark Tenth Anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi Accident
On March 11, Tomoaki Kobayakawa, president of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TEPCO) delivered an address to company employees marking the tenth anniversary of the nuclear accident following the giant earthquake of 2011, known officially here as the Great East Japan Earthquake.
3 March, 2021
Challenged by Rubble, TEPCO Completes Removal of Spent Fuel Assemblies from Pool at Fukushima Daiichi-3 NPP
On February 28, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced that it had completed removal of 566 spent fuel assemblies from the Unit 3 spent fuel pool at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).
1 March, 2021
Japan Research Reactor No. 3 Resumes Operation
On February 26, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) announced that it had resumed operation of its research reactor—the Japan Research Reactor No. 3 (JRR-3), with a maximum thermal output of 20 MW—in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture.
25 February, 2021
Registration Opens for the 54th JAIF Annual Conference
JAIF is pleased to announce that the registration for the 54th Annual Conference has officially opened. This year’s conference, titled “Japan and the World under the COVID-19 Pandemic - Environmental and Energy Issues & Nuclear Power”, will be held on April 13-14 via live streaming (Webex Events).
24 February, 2021
FEPC Chairman Explains Response to Earthquake off Fukushima
At a press conference on February 19, Chairman Kazuhiro Ikebe of the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC) talked about how FEPC responded to the major earthquake (magnitude 7.3) with its epicenter off Fukushima that occurred just after 11 p.m. on February 13. A maximum of about 860,000 households in the service area of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), and about 90,000 households in the service area of the Tohoku Electric Power Co., experienced power failures, all of which were restored before 9:00 a.m. on February 14.
17 February, 2021
Site for Spent Fuel Intermediate Storage Facility Outside Fukui Prefecture to Be Determined by End of 2023
On February 12, President Takashi Morimoto of the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) met Governor Tatsuji Sugimoto of Fukui Prefecture at the prefectural office in Fukui City, telling him that Kansai EP would determine a candidate site outside the prefecture for a spent fuel intermediate storage facility by the end of 2023.
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.