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Detectors confirm most fuel remains in unit 2 vessel

Regulation and Safety

29 July 2016

Most of the fuel that melted in unit 2 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan remains within the reactor pressure vessel, an examination using a muon detection system indicates.

Japan Atomic Power Company to assist UK new build project


07 July 2016

JAPC-Horizon July 2016 - 48Horizon Nuclear Power, the Japan Atomic Power Company and Hitachi have signed a technical services contract for the proposed Wylfa Newydd nuclear power plant in North Wales. JAPC is to support Horizon in areas including construction costing, licensing, and planning for commissioning.

Takahama units cleared for extended operation

Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Takahama 48The Japanese nuclear regulator has today approved the operation of units 1 and 2 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant for up to 60 years. They become the first Japanese units to be granted a licence extension beyond 40 years under revised regulations.

Japanese institute sees 19 reactor restarts by March 2018

Nuclear Policies

28 July 2016

Seven Japanese nuclear power reactors are likely to be in operation by the end of next March and 12 more one year later, according to an estimate by the country's Institute of Energy Economics. Judicial rulings and local consents will influence the rate of restart, it notes.

EDF and MHI consider collaboration


28 June 2016

French utility EDF and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have today signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in civil nuclear power, including MHI taking a stake in Areva NP and joint development of the Atmea reactor design.

Injunction remains on operation of Takahama reactors

Regulation and Safety

17 June 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48The Otsu District Court has today upheld an injunction that has kept units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant offline since March. The Japanese utility announced it will remove the fuel from the units.