Fukushima response rss

Court ruling clears way for Sendai restarts

Regulation and Safety

22 April 2015

Sendai 48A court had ruled against a petition opposed to the restart of units 1 and 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture. The units now look set to resume operation later this year, becoming the first of the country's reactors to be restarted since the Fukushima Daiichi accident in 2011.

Court halts restart of Takahama reactors

Regulation and Safety

14 April 2015

The restart of units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant, expected by the end of this year, has been blocked by a temporary injunction imposed by the Fukui District Court today. Kansai said it will appeal the ruling.

Amano highlights Africa's importance to IAEA

Nuclear Policies

19 March 2015

Amano at Wits University, March 2015 (C Brady - IAEA) 80x48Supporting Africa is a "high priority" for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based organisation's director general, Yukiya Amano, said yesterday in his opening address at the Nuclear Africa 2015 conference held in Pelindaba, South Africa.

Economic cost of Japan's nuclear shutdown

Nuclear Policies

14 April 2015

Nuclear power benefitted the Japanese economy by some ¥33 trillion over the years, said Masakazu Toyoda of the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ), and the country risks wasting this in its slow progress to restart its reactors.

Tsuruga 2 sits on active fault, NRA concludes

Regulation and Safety

26 March 2015

Tsuruga 2 - 48The restart of unit 2 of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture has been thrown into doubt after the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) accepted a report compiled by a panel of experts that concluded the unit sits upon an active fault line. However, plant owner Japan Atomic Power Company says it still plans to apply for safety checks in order to restart it.

Japan retires more reactors as restarts approach

Regulation and Safety

18 March 2015

More clarity on Japan's nuclear future came today as the first unit slated for restart gained technical approval, while two further older reactors were announced for retirement rather than being put through the restart process.