10 December, 2020
Japan’s NRA Recognizes Compatibility of JNFL’s MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant with New Regulatory Standards, Approving Changes
At a regular meeting held on December 9, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) approved changes to the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, owned by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL), about seven years since the application for the examination had first been filed in January 2014.
3 December, 2020
MHI Launches New Strategy to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2050
On November 30, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) announced its Energy Transition project to realize “2050 carbon neutral”—namely, net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050—for the entirety of the MHI group.
24 November, 2020
Japan’s Energy Supply and Demand in Fiscal 2019 Shows CO2 Emissions Down for Sixth Year in a Row
On November 18, the Agency for Natural Resources & Energy (ANRE), under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), announced results for Japan’s energy supply and demand in fiscal 2019 (preliminary report), which ended on March 31, 2020.
16 November, 2020
Kyushu Electric Power Starts Operating Facilities at Sendai-1 NPP Designed for “Specific Severe Accident” Response—First Time in Japan
On November 11, the Kyushu Electric Power Co. began operating facilities at its Sendai-1 Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) for responding to specific severe accidents. The term refers to safety facilities, specifically those for anti-terrorism measures. The plant is expected to resume power generation on November 26.
13 November, 2020
Japan’s NRA Approves Changes to Mutsu Recyclable-Fuel Storage Center after Confirming Regulatory Compliance
The Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA), at a regular meeting on November 11, approved changes to the business of the Recyclable-Fuel Storage Center, owned by the Recyclable-Fuel Storage Company (RFS), in Mutsu City, Aomori. The move came after NRA determined that the facility was compatible with the new regulatory standards in the Law for the Regulation of Nuclear Source Material, Nuclear Fuel Material and Reactors (the Reactor Regulation Law).
29 October, 2020
New Prime Minister Suga Enthusiastic for Carbon-Free Society by 2050
On October 26, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, at the opening of an extraordinary Diet session, delivered his first policy address.
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.