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Japan sees slight rise in plutonium stockpile

  • 2015-07-22 15:00:00
  • , Asahi
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(Asahi: July 22, 2015 – p. 7)

 

 Japan possesses 47.8 tons of plutonium at home and abroad as of the end of 2014, an increase of 0.7 tons compared to a year ago, the Cabinet Office reported to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission on July 21.

 

 The increase was caused by a rise in the amount of spent nuclear fuel outsourced to the U.K. for reprocessing. In Japan, reprocessing facilities remain offline.

 

 The amount of plutonium stored in Japan remains unchanged at 10.8 tons. Of its overseas stockpile totaling 37 tons, 20.7 tons were stored in the U.K. and 16.3 tons in France.

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