23 January, 2020
Announcement of the 53rd JAIF Annual Conference
23 January, 2020
Finishing Mission in Japan, IAEA’s IRRS Points Out Importance of NRA’s Communicating with Nuclear Industry
On January 21, an eight-day scheduled mission to Japan was concluded by the Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS), a team of experts sent by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Team leader Ramsey Jamal, vice president of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), held a press conference on the same day with Chairman Toyoshi Fuketa of Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).
21 January, 2020
Evacuation Orders for Futaba, Okuma, Tomioka Towns to Be Partially Lifted in March, with JR Joban Line to Be Completely Reopened for Service
On January 17, the Japanese government’s Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters decided to partially lift in March evacuation orders for Futaba, Okuma and Tomioka Towns in Fukushima Prefecture. The orders were issued in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs).
16 January, 2020
Japan’s Nuclear Power Plant Capacity Factor Stood at Just 21.4 Percent Last Year
According to data gathered by Atoms in Japan (AIJ) from all the power utilities in Japan, the capacity factor for all nuclear power plants (NPPs) nationwide in 2019 stood at just 21.4 percent. The total generated electricity by all the companies was 68.5TWh.
26 December, 2019
IEEJ’s Supply-Demand Outlook for FY2020 Looks at Effect of Specific Safety Facility Installation Deadlines
On December 23, 2019, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) released a report entitled “Economic and Energy Outlook of Japan for FY2020,” referring to the fiscal year beginning on April 1, 2020.
25 December, 2019
ANRE Committee Clarifies Options for Treated Contaminated Water at Fukushima Daiichi NPPs, Viewing Both Offshore and Vapor Release Favorably
At a meeting on December 23, a governmental committee addressing the handling of treated contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs) presented its conclusions thus far. The committee is part of the Agency for Natural Resources & Energy (ANRE), which falls under Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
24 December, 2019
Fuel Removal from Fukushima Daiichi-1 NPP: Large Cover to be Installed First
On December 19, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) announced that it had decided on a method to remove fuel from the spent fuel pool at the Fukushima Daiichi-1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) by installing a large cover first, then removing the debris from under the cover.
18 December, 2019
JAEC Begins Hearing from University Personnel on Human Resource Development, Starting with Nagoya and Osaka Universities
At a regular meeting on December 10, the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) began hearing from university personnel in response to its published comment entitled “Human Resource Development in the Nuclear Field,” released in February 2018.
13 December, 2019
NRA Approves Decommissioning Plans for Kansai EP’s Ohi-1 and-2
At a regular meeting on December 11, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) approved decommissioning plans for the Ohi-1 and -2 Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs, PWRs, 1,175MW each), owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai EP).
12 December, 2019
JAEA Holds International Forum on Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security
On December 4, the International Forum on Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), was held in Tokyo. Through two panel discussions with domestic and overseas experts, specialists and governmental personnel, participants discussed future challenges and countermeasures in the areas of nonproliferation and security.
29 November, 2019
NRA Issues Draft Review Report: Onagawa-2 Meets New Regulatory Standards
On November 27, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan issued a draft review report on its examination of the Onagawa-2 (BWR, 825MW), owned and operated by the Tohoku Electric Power Co., for compatibility with the new regulatory standards.
28 November, 2019
RIKEN Unveils Transportable Compact Neutron Source System
On November 26, Japan’s RIKEN made a demonstration of its RIKEN Accelerator-Driven Compact Neutron Source System (RANS-II) to the press. The system will be used in a wide range of areas, including the diagnosis of the deterioration of concrete infrastructure and the analysis of raw materials and products at factories.
27 November, 2019
JAIF Releases Results of Fact-Finding Survey of Japanese Nuclear Industry for Fiscal 2018
On November 21, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) released an overview of the results of its most recent annual Fact-Finding Survey of the Japanese Nuclear Industry. The survey covers fiscal year 2018 (ended March 2019), in which nine nuclear power plants (NPPs) were in operation throughout the country.
26 November, 2019
Hitachi Receives Order from Mayo Clinic to Build First Carbon Ion Treatment System in North America
On November 20, Japan’s Hitachi, Ltd. announced that it had reached an agreement with the Mayo Clinic, in principle, to build North America’s first carbon ion treatment facility. The system will be constructed at the Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Florida, one of its three oncology centers, the others being in Minnesota and Arizona.
25 November, 2019
Keidanren: Japan’s Commitment to Low-Carbon Society Shows NPP Restarts Helped Reduce CO2 Emissions in Fiscal 2018
On November 19, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) released the FY18 results (preliminary figures) of the Commitment to a Low-carbon Society plan, with all sixty-two industrial categories in the country participating.
21 November, 2019
TEPCO Announces Timeline for Storage and Disposal of Treated Contaminated Water at Fukushima Daiichi
15 November, 2019
JAEA Holds Public Meeting, Discusses Future Vision, Fukushima Reconstruction and Revitalization
On November 12, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) held a meeting in Tokyo to make a public report of its activities during the past year.
15 November, 2019
IAEA/RCA Symposium: Cooperating with Developing Countries Through Nuclear Science and Technology
On November 11, a symposium was held at the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus to deepen the understanding of international activities carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in cooperation with developing countries under the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (RCA). Some 140 people participated in the symposium this time.
8 November, 2019
EU to Ease Restrictions on Japanese Food Imports, Though Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Asserts Japan Will Work Toward Their Full Elimination
On October 29, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that the European Union (EU) would ease restrictions on imports of some foods from Japan imposed in the wake of the huge earthquake that struck eastern Japan in March 2011.