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Gov’t making final arrangements to scrap Monju reactor: sources

The Japanese government is making final arrangements to scrap the trouble-prone Monju fast-breeder reactor, given the huge cost expected for its resumption, government sources said Tuesday.   The move comes as the government judged it cannot obtain public support for the huge amount of money needed to restart the reactor in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast.   If realized,….Read more

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Fukushima Prefecture to be model case in creating “hydrogen society”

The government announced on Sept.7 a concrete plan for its “Fukushima new energy society project” in which Fukushima Prefecture will be a model case in creating a “hydrogen society” in which hydrogen will be a major energy source. The central pillar of the project is the production of a large amount of hydrogen by expanding the prefecture’s power grids, thereby utilizing renewable….Read more

  • September 8, 2016
  • , Yomiuri , p. 8
  • JMH Translation

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Kagoshima governor withdraws request to halt operations at Sendai nuclear plant

Saturday morning’s Nikkei reported that Kagoshima Governor Mitazono on Friday effectively withdrew his request for Kyushu Electric Power Co. to immediately halt the operations of two reactors at the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant. The paper said the governor welcomed the utility’s safety measures.

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JCFC steel in troubled French reactor also used in 13 Japanese nuclear power plants

Thirteen Japanese nuclear reactors were constructed with steel made by the same domestic company that produced material used in a French power plant that has come under scrutiny after anomalies were found in the structure of its reactor vessel.   Six utilities used steel from Japan Casting & Forging Corp. (JCFC), they all said in separate statements Friday. The company….Read more

  • Sepember 4, 2016
  • , The Japan Times
  • English Press

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Interview with Minister for Reconstruction Masahiro Imamura

August 30 marked the 2,000th day since the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Soon it will be five and half years since the disaster.

  • September 2, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

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17 local gov’ts set higher emission reduction targets than GOJ: Asahi survey

At least 17 prefectures and ordinance-designated cities set higher emission reduction targets than what the government has pledged to the UN, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows. They represent more than 60% of the local governments that reviewed their reduction targets after the signing of the Paris agreement in December. Those that set lower targets than the government come to three. The momentum….Read more

  • August 29, 2016
  • , Asahi , Lead story
  • JMH Translation

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Editorial: Kyushu Electric in spotlight after governor calls for shutdown

Newly elected Kagoshima Governor Satoshi Mitazono on Aug. 26 asked Kyushu Electric Power Co. to immediately shut down two reactors at its Sendai nuclear power plant for a fresh safety inspection. The two reactors at the Sendai plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, are the only ones online in Japan.   Mitazono asked the utility to expand its support for the….Read more

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Running Monju reactor for 10 years would cost gov’t 600 billion yen extra

The government has calculated it will face about 600 billion yen in additional expenditure to keep the trouble-plagued Monju fast-breeder reactor operating in the Fukui Prefecture city of Tsuruga for another 10 years under current plans, it has been learned.   The government has already spent 1.2 trillion yen on the reactor, though the reactor has spent hardly any time….Read more

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U.S., Japan sign memorandum of cooperation on geothermal power generation in Africa

NHK reported this morning that ahead of the start of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development in Kenya, the governments of the U.S. and Japan signed a memorandum of cooperation on Thursday to promote investment in environmentally-friendly energy sources in Africa and jointly develop geothermal power generation especially in East Africa. Noting that it is urgently necessary for Africa….Read more

  • August 26, 2016
  • , NHK
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Kagoshima governor to request temporary suspension of Sendai NPP

All networks reported at noon that Kagoshima Governor Mitazono will ask Kyushu Electric Co. this afternoon to temporarily suspend the operation of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant and re-examine the plant in light of growing concerns by local residents following the Kumamoto earthquakes. TV Asahi said the governor has no authority to shut down the power plant, adding that attention….Read more

  • August 26, 2016
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