3 April, 2019
Hitachi-GE, IRID Develop Boat-type Submersible Devices to Investigate PCV Interior at Fukushima Daiichi-1
On March 28, Japan’s Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy and the International Research Institute for Decommissioning (IRID) announced their joint development of a series of boat-type submersible devices to investigate the interior of the primary containment vessel (PCV) of the Fukushima Daiichi-1, in anticipation of the removal of fuel debris from it.
3 April, 2019
Fostering Nuclear Human Resources Requires Continual Effort, Says JAIF President
On March 28, President Akio Takahashi of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) gave his monthly press briefing, at which he outlined what went on at the recent "Presentations by the Atomic Industry 2020" (PAI).
27 March, 2019
Start of Olympic Torch Relay at J-Village Is Message to World, Fukushima Governor Says
At a press conference on March 25, Governor Masao Uchibori of Fukushima Prefecture expressed his delight that the grand start of the torch relay for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics would be in J-Village, an important symbol of the restoration of Fukushima.
19 March, 2019
JANSI Annual Conference Discusses Fermentation and Permeation of Safety Culture
On March 13, the Japan Nuclear Safety Institute (JANSI) held its Annual Conference 2019 in Tokyo, with approximately 430 representatives participating from Japanese and foreign nuclear-related companies and organizations.
8 March, 2019
Memories and Studies
This year is the eighth since the giant earthquake that hit northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011. Last year, a variety of natural disasters struck Japan one after another, so the big earthquake of eight years ago seems to be talked about less and less now, as if it had been “overwritten” by those other events. As for myself, though, I’m not so sorry about that. No matter how sad an experience is, or how bad a disaster is, the memory of it eventually fades. I do wish, however, for at least some of the memories to remain, which could afford people in the future some lessons when they look back.
8 March, 2019
Chairman Hosoda of Chiyoda Technol Awarded National Order of Merit by France for Joint Development of Glass-Badge Personal Dosimeter
Chairman Toshikazu Hosoda of the Chiyoda Technol Corporation has been awarded the French National Order of Merit by the French government, and was presented with the insignia of a Chevalier (Knight) at a ceremony which took place at the French Embassy in Tokyo on February 27.
7 March, 2019
JAIF President Takahashi Hopes “Considerate Activities” Will Be Made toward Restarting Tokai-2 to Promote Understanding
On February 28, President Akio Takahashi of the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) gave his monthly press briefing. Asked about the announcement by Hitachi, Ltd. In January that it was freezing its project to construct two new nuclear power plants in Wales in the UK, he stressed the difficulties and risks that the private sector faces in carrying out such a project. He expressed his hope that the frozen project in Britain might eventually be “thawed out” in light of the “energy circumstances” there
7 March, 2019
JAIF Holds Nuclear Recruiting Events in Tokyo and Osaka
On March 3, "Presentations by the Atomic Industry 2020" (PAI), jointly sponsored by the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) and Kan Gen Kon (Kansai Genshiryoku Kondankai), was held in Akihabara, Tokyo. Some 213 students, mainly those expecting to graduate in 2020, took part. Three days later, a similar event was staged in Osaka.
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.