for Japanese

10 December, 2020

On the Approval of Changes to JNFL’s MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant

At a meeting held yesterday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) approved changes to the nuclear material fabrication business (MOX fuel fabrication facility) of Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL). I want to express my appreciation to JNFL, the NRA and all other involved parties for their efforts up to now.

The MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant will produce new fuel using plutonium recovered through the reprocessing of the spent fuel from the country’s nuclear power plants (NPPs). Fuel produced at the facility is intended to be used at 16 to 18 nuclear reactors around the country, including four units that have been restarted since the nationwide shutdown.

From the beginning of its nuclear development effort, Japan—dependent on imports for most of its energy resources—has sought to establish the nuclear fuel cycle as a basic policy in order to utilize its resources most effectively and to enhance its energy security. In the past, Japan had commissioned French and British firms to reprocess its spent fuel and to fabricate mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel, which Japan then imported. The approval of the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant, coming after the approval in July of JNFL’s Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, is a major step forward toward the establishment of the nuclear fuel cycle domestically and is, again, quite significant from the viewpoint of Japan’s energy security.

Japan’s basic policy on plutonium is to not hold a surplus amount, that is, beyond what can be used for peaceful purposes. In that respect, the MOX Fuel Fabrication Plant is important as the partner to the reprocessing plant. It is expected that JNFL will carry out the work steadily, with the utmost priority placed on safety, while seeking and obtaining understanding from local communities.

Because nuclear power can supply large quantities of electricity in a stable manner, continuously and without disruption, and over the long term using conveniently stockpiled fuel, it is an essential power component in a robust energy system for Japan, and a major source of low-carbon electricity.

JAIF continues to aim to help people deepen their understanding both of the value of nuclear power, which will contribute to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, and of the nuclear fuel cycle, which can enhance energy security and reduce the volume and toxicity of high-level radioactive waste (HLW).


Shiro Arai, President, JAIF


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

SNS facebooktwitter

NPPs Map


Grossi on Fukushima: Marking a Decade Since the Accident

10 March, 2021
Grossi on Fukushima: Marking a Decade Since the Accident04:11

Recent News

16 June, 2021
ANRE Sticks to “S+3E”
16 June, 2021
Japanese Cabinet Approves Environmental White Paper 2021
16 June, 2021
LDP Parliamentary Association to Reconfirm Position on Utilization of Nuclear Power
16 June, 2021
Fukui Governor Concerned about Deletion of Reference to “Maximum Utilization” of Nuclear Power
14 June, 2021
Working Group on Offshore Release of Treated Water Meets in Miyagi
14 June, 2021
NRA Considers Policy on Treating Slurry from ALPS, with Local Understanding Essential
11 June, 2021
Japanese Cabinet Approves Energy White Paper 2021
11 June, 2021
Government Omits Description of “Maximum Utilization” of Nuclear Power
9 June, 2021
MNF Hopes to Resume Fuel Production as Early as November
8 June, 2021
TEPCO to Develop Sample Tanks at Fukushima Daiichi to Prepare for Offshore Release of Treated Water
8 June, 2021
Opinions Differ Within Japan’s Governing Coalition Concerning Nuclear Power
8 June, 2021
Local Concerns About Unfounded Fears and Rumors on Offshore Release of Treated Water
7 June, 2021
JEMA Proposes that Nuclear Power Be Maintained at a Certain Scale
7 June, 2021
IHI to Participate in NuScale’s SMR Project
4 June, 2021
FEPC Declares for “Zero Emissions”
4 June, 2021
Support Grows Within LDP for Nuclear Power
2 June, 2021
JAIF Reports to JAEC on JAIF Annual Conference
2 June, 2021
Japan’s Power Industry Workers Union Calls for Prudence toward the Closure of Coal-fired Power Plants
2 June, 2021
Japan’s Advisory Committee Discusses Supply-and-Demand Measures in Summer and Winter 2021
1 June, 2021
Preparations Continue Toward Restarting Tokai-2 NPP