20 September, 2018
62nd IAEA GC Opens: Japan’s Minister of State for Science Stresses National Policy of Reducing Plutonium Holdings
On September 17, the 62nd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) opened in Vienna for a five-day period of speeches and other events.
13 September, 2018
NRA Chairman Rebuts Idea that Hokkaido Blackouts Could Have Been Averted Had Tomari NPPs Been Restarted
At a regular press briefing on September 12, Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), referring to the effects of the recent massive earthquake in Hokkaido on the Tomari Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) located there, emphasized the principle of the new regulatory standards and the fact that power supplies must be secured without reliance on external sources.
12 September, 2018
JAEC Chairman Oka Give High Marks to the IAEA Joint Nuclear Energy Management School
The latest session of the Japan-IAEA Nuclear Energy Management (NEM) School was held from July 17 through August 2 at the University of Tokyo, as well as in Fukushima and Ibaraki Prefectures. The course is designed to foster nuclear management capabilities among young leaders, along with understanding in areas such as nuclear policies and regulation.
10 September, 2018
NRA Chairman Worried that Tritium Water Storage Would Complicate Fukushima Daiichi Decommissioning
At a regular press briefing on September 5, Toyoshi Fuketa, chairman of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), said that his opinion about the handling of tritium water stored in tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants was to “wait and see,” following two days of public hearings on the subject at the end of August. “Given that a precise process is proceeding,” he said, “we are waiting to make a judgment.”
30 August, 2018
Preparations Continue to Remove Spent Nuclear Fuel from Unit 3 at Fukushima Daiichi
Work continues steadily at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants toward the removal of spent nuclear fuel from the Unit-3 fuel pool, expected in November. A total of 566 fuel assemblies—514 spent and 52 unused—are currently stored in the pool. The target for the launch of the removal is clearly stated in the “mid-to-long-term roadmap” toward the decommissioning, and is one of the major steps in the decommissioning process to be taken this year.
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."