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Decommissioning plans submitted for three Japanese units

Waste and Recycling

12 February 2016

Tsuruga unit 1 - 48Plans for the decommissioning of three nuclear power units in Japan's Fukui Prefecture have been submitted to the country's nuclear regulator for approval. Mihama units 1 and 2 and unit 1 of the Tsuruga plant were among five reactors officially taken out of service last April.

Japanese bill seeks to support reprocessing business

Waste and Recycling

09 February 2016

Rokkasho (JNFL) 68x48The Japanese cabinet has approved a bill aimed at "taking measures necessary for the steady implementation of the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel". The bill creates a new entity responsible for reprocessing and introduces a new system for funding it.

Third Japanese reactor resumes operation


29 January 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48Kansai Electric Power Company today restarted unit 3 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The company soon plans to start loading fuel into unit 4 at the plant ahead of its restart.

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall equipment in place

Regulation and Safety

10 February 2016

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall - 48The installation of the equipment required for forming a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings has been completed. Approval from the Japanese regulator must be sought before the creation of the wall itself can begin.

Dismantling work to start at Hamaoka units

Waste and Recycling

03 February 2016

Hamaoka plant - 48Japan's nuclear regulator has given the go-ahead to Chubu Electric Power Company to start removing "peripheral" equipment from units 1 and 2 of its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka prefecture. Both units were permanently shut down in January 2009.

IAEA praises reform of Japan's nuclear regulator

Regulation and Safety

22 January 2016

IRRS mission to Japan - Jamet - Jan 2016 - 48Japan's nuclear regulator has "demonstrated independence and transparency" since it was established in 2012, an International Atomic Energy Agency peer review mission has concluded. However, it suggests the regulator needs to bolster its technical competence ahead of the restart of more of Japan's nuclear facilities.