27 March, 2020
NRA Issues Draft Review Report for JAEA’s HTTR
At a regular meeting on March 25, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) issued a draft review report for the High-Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR), owned by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), saying that it was effectively compatible with the new regulatory standards. The reactor, with a thermal output of 30MW, is situated in Oarai Town (Ibaraki Prefecture).
25 March, 2020
Japanese Opinion Poll Finds That Views on Nuclear Power Turn Slightly Positive
On March 17, the Japan Atomic Energy Relations Organization (JAERO) released the results of its latest nationwide public opinion survey on nuclear power, conducted in FY19 (April 2019 to March 2020). The surveys have been carried out by JAERO since FY06 to understand changes in public opinion on nuclear energy over time. Because they illustrate the points of view and levels of awareness of people receiving the information being disseminated, they assist in shaping informational activities and contribute to the further spread of knowledge and understanding.
23 March, 2020
Comments on the Resumption of Full Operation of the JR Joban Line
On Saturday, March 14, trains and stations on the JR Joban Line returned to full operation some nine years after the giant earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the subsequent accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS). Service was resumed on final suspended portion, measuring 20.8 km, including the stations of Tomioka and Yonomori (both in Tomioka Town), Ono (Okuma Town), Futaba (Futaba Town), and Namie (Namie Town). Evacuation orders for the areas around those stations had been previously lifted.
16 March, 2020
Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field Opens in Namie Town, with Hydrogen to Be Used in Tokyo Olympics
On March 7, the opening ceremony was held of the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R), located in Namie Town, Fukushima Prefecture. Construction was begun in 2018 by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS), the Tohoku Electric Power Co., and Iwatani Corporation.
13 March, 2020
Cancellation of the 53rd JAIF Annual Conference
Much to our regret JAIF has cancelled the 53rd Annual Conference (AC), originally scheduled for April 20-21 in Tokyo, to avoid any potential risks to public health and safety due to the widespread transmission of COVID-19 on a global scale.
27 February, 2020
Japan Atomic Energy Commission Exchanges Views with IAEA Director General Grossi during His Japan Visit
At its regular meeting on February 25, the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) invited Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to exchange views.
26 February, 2020
JN-HRD Net Reports Activities, Cites Gender Balance Improvement
On February 12, the Japan Nuclear Human Resource Development Network (JN-HRD Net) held a wide-ranging reporting session in Tokyo. JAIF Chairman Akio Takahashi chairs that group’s operating committee.