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Radioactive waste may end up at bottom of sea

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) adopted a draft measure on Tuesday to evaluate the suitability of a location as a disposal site for high-level radioactive waste, including spent fuel from nuclear reactors.   Because the radioactive waste will emit high-level radiation for an extended period of time, the government plans to mix the waste with melted glass….Read more

  • August 10, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 2
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Reactor at Ikata nuclear power plant resumes operations

NHK and most commercial networks reported in their noon news programs that Shikoku Electric Power restarted operations this morning at Reactor No. 3 at its Ikata Nuclear Power Plant in Ehime Prefecture, making it the fifth unit to be reactivated under the tougher regulations set following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident. The reactor is expected to begin generating and transmitting….Read more

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Is Japan’s nuclear power generation sufficiently protected against terrorism?

On August 2nd, the Nuclear Regulation Authority approved a plan for anti-terrorism facilities at Takahama nuclear plant no. 3 and 4. The approval for the facility, built as a countermeasure against certain serious incidents, was the first in the nation.   The facility is designed to avert a large-scale leakage of radioactive materials caused by a terrorist attack in which….Read more

  • August 10. 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 28
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Interview of METI Minister Seko: TEPCO ‘s priority is regaining trust

Q: Kagoshima Prefectural Governor Satoshi Mitazono intends to demand that the Kyushu Electric Power Company suspend operations at the Sendai nuclear power plant.   Seko: I understand that Governor Mitazono intends to do so, but I would like to speak with him when the time is right.   Q: It has been revealed that the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)….Read more

  • August 10, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 7
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Ex-PM Koizumi: Abe should aim to eliminate nuclear plants; former U.S. sailors exposed to radiation need help

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, 74, has been campaigning for the elimination of nuclear plants in the belief that the tragedy of Fukushima must never be repeated.

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NRA to approve counter-terrorism facilities at nuclear power plant for first time

Japan’s new nuclear plant safety regulations require the installation of facilities to allow remote cooling of nuclear reactors in the event of a terrorist attack. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has decided to give its de facto approval on Aug. 3 for plans for such facilities submitted by the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama….Read more

  • July 28, 2016
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 11
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Most of molten fuel at Reactor 2 at Fukushima plant remains in pressure vessel

Most papers reported on a TEPCO announcement on Thursday that most of the melted nuclear fuel inside Reactor No. 2 at the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is likely located at the bottom of its pressure vessel. According to a study using cosmic ray imaging, an estimated 130 tons of fuel debris remains at the bottom of the reactor….Read more

  • July 29, 2016
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Japan to launch its largest-ever tidal power generation project

On July 26, Kyuden Mirai Energy Company (Fukuoka City), a subsidiary of Kyushu Electric Power Company and producer of renewable energy, announced that will start a demonstration project that generates energy by harnessing tidal streams off the coast of the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. Kyuden Mirai Energy will join hands with Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd. (Tokyo)….Read more

  • July 27, 2016
  • , Tokyo Shimbun , p. 2
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Gov’t to support development of next-generation thermal power

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will strengthen its support for the development of new technology for next-generation thermal power generation utilizing coal and LNG. The ministry also plans to reduce CO2 emission levels by 3% by 2025 and promote exports especially to Asia. About 12 billion yen for development and verification tests of the technology will be included….Read more

  • July 28, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 7
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Gov’t bears initial exploration risk and cost to promote thermoelectric power

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will support utilities’ research and exploration efforts to determine best-suited locations for thermoelectric power plants. Japan, with numerous volcanoes, has the third largest underground resources in the world for geothermal power generation. However, development of thermoelectric power plants have been sluggish because of the length of time taken to conduct mining exploration….Read more

  • July 20, 2016
  • , Mainichi , p. 7
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