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Decommissioning plans approved for five Japanese units

Waste and Recycling

19 April 2017

Decommissioning plans for five Japanese reactors officially taken out of service in April 2015 have today been approved by the country's nuclear regulator. The plans outline the facilities and equipment to be dismantled and a timetable for completing the work.

Japanese fuel fabrication plant cleared for restart

Regulation and Safety

06 April 2017

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the restart of Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture. Last month the regulator concluded the facility meets revised safety standards.

High court lifts Takahama injunction

Regulation and Safety

28 March 2017

Takahama 48The Osaka High Court in Japan has lifted an injunction that has kept units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant offline for the past year. The court agreed with the utility that the units, which are in Fukui prefecture, are safe to operate.

Nuclear's fate in Japan depends on public acceptance

Nuclear Policies

12 April 2017

Japan's continued use of nuclear power requires the public to be informed about the importance of the energy source and for its confidence in the industry to be restored, according to Japan Atomic Industrial Forum chairman Takashi Imai.

Japanese court dismisses call to idle Ikata unit

Regulation and Safety

30 March 2017

Ikata plant - 48The Hiroshima District Court has today rejected a petition by a group of residents for a temporary injunction against the operation of unit 3 at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture. The decision comes days after another court removed an injunction against the operation of Takahama units 3 and 4.

Japanese fuel plant meets revised safety standards

Regulation and Safety

08 March 2017

Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan's fuel fabrication plant in Yokosuka in Kanagawa Prefecture meets new regulatory standards, the country's nuclear regulator has concluded. It becomes the first fuel cycle facility to be confirmed to meet the revised safety standards, introduced in December 2013.