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New strategy for Fukushima trench water

Regulation and Safety

24 July 2014

New approaches to removing the contaminated water from trenches around units 2 and 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant are being explored after attempts to freeze it failed.

Advance in SiC composite production

Exploration and Nuclear Fuel

09 July 2014

SiC fuel assembly cover 48New technology for the manufacture of nuclear fuel components from silicon carbide (SiC) has been developed by Japanese researchers. A prototype fuel assembly cover has already been fabricated and is awaiting trials.

Next stage for robotic decontamination

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2014

Fukushima Daiichi 2 cleanup robot (Tepco) 56x48Two robots are cleaning up contamination inside Fukushima Daiichi 2. A new one is wiping down the walls while another continues to scrub the floor.

Safety approval for first Japanese reactor restarts

Regulation and Safety

16 July 2014

Sendai 48Sendai nuclear power plant units 1 and 2 have draft approval to restart and generate electricity again. The final stages in Japan's new licensing regime could be completed before September.

Japan continues to count cost of idled reactors

Nuclear Policies

17 June 2014

Japan's ongoing reliance on imported fossil fuels while its nuclear reactors await permission to restart continues to impact on the country's greenhouse gas emissions and trade deficit.

First reshuffle at Japanese regulator

Regulation and Safety

10 June 2014

Two new commissioners at Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority have been approved by lawmakers as the safety body grows into its role and builds working relationships with industry.