JAPAN ATOMIC INDUSTRIAL FORUM, INC.

for Japanese

ATOMS in JAPAN

16 July, 2015

Working Group Begins Look at Nuclear Fuel Cycle Business in Japan

On July 14, the first meeting was held of a special working group under the Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy dealing with the improvement of Japan’s nuclear business environment. The group is headed by Prof. Hirotaka Yamauchi of Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of Commerce and Management.

In advance of the expected increase in competition stemming from the reform of the power system and a decreasing dependency on nuclear power, the working group will consider a funding system that will enable the stable, efficient pursuit of the nuclear fuel cycle business.

At the first meeting, personnel from the Agency for Natural Resource and Energy (ANRE) presented a direction for the nuclear fuel cycle business and related issues, based on the nation’s Strategic Energy Plan and an interim report issued by the advisory committee’s Nuclear Energy Subcommittee at the end of last year.

At present, each nuclear operator in Japan reserves funds for the cost of reprocessing spent fuel generated by nuclear power plants. The funds are paid to Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL), the implementing body, based on private-sector contracts among the operators.

As for the business of final disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW), the Nuclear Waste Management Organization of Japan (NUMO) was established as the implementing body. By law, it may not be dissolved. Nuclear operators are required to cover necessary expenses as contributions.

In light of the special nature of the nuclear fuel cycle business and the changing operational environment, including intensified competition following power system reform, there is concern that various issues may emerge related to the implementation of the business.

The group has noted several points to be addressed in that regard, including the division of roles between operators and the central government, and the creation of appropriate facilitating mechanisms.

After the ANRE presentation, several members of the group voiced their opinions. Hiroya Masuda, an advisor to the Nomura Research Institute, and who serves as head of the advisory committee’s Radioactive Wastes Working Group, pointed out the need for a “bird’s-eye view” of the entire nuclear fuel cycle business, in contrast to just focusing on geological disposal. He stressed the need to utilize both central government involvement and private-sector vitality concurrently.

Meanwhile, Vice President Hajimu Yamana of the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) spoke from his viewpoint as an engineer directly engaged in the nuclear fuel cycle. Looking back at how the completion of the Rokkasho Reprocessing Facility was repeatedly postponed, he emphasized the importance of making unerring technological judgments.

Comment

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

SNS facebooktwitter

NPPs Map

Video

“The current situation at Fukushima Daiichi NPS” -From 3.11 toward the future- (ver, July 2019)

8 July, 2019
“The current situation at Fukushima Daiichi NPS” -From 3.11 toward the future- (ver, July 2019)09:17

Recent News

29 November, 2019
NRA Issues Draft Review Report: Onagawa-2 Meets New Regulatory Standards
28 November, 2019
RIKEN Unveils Transportable Compact Neutron Source System
27 November, 2019
JAIF Releases Results of Fact-Finding Survey of Japanese Nuclear Industry for Fiscal 2018
26 November, 2019
Hitachi Receives Order from Mayo Clinic to Build First Carbon Ion Treatment System in North America
25 November, 2019
Keidanren: Japan’s Commitment to Low-Carbon Society Shows NPP Restarts Helped Reduce CO2 Emissions in Fiscal 2018
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
15 November, 2019
IAEA/RCA Symposium: Cooperating with Developing Countries Through Nuclear Science and Technology
8 November, 2019
EU to Ease Restrictions on Japanese Food Imports, Though Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Asserts Japan Will Work Toward Their Full Elimination
28 October, 2019
OCCTO’s Electricity Supply and Outlook for Winter Sees Capacity Reserve Margin of 3 Percent Nationwide
▲TOP