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Completion of safety measures for Shimane nuclear power plant postponed to FY2023

By Matsuda Shiro and Noguchi Yo   Chugoku Electric Power Co. announced on Oct. 28 that the completion of safety measures necessary to restart the Shimane Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 in Matsue City will be postponed to next fiscal year. This is the only nuclear power plant located in a prefectural capital. The safety measures are intended to prepare….Read more

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GOJ to begin mining for rare earths near Minamitorishima  

Yomiuri front-paged a report on Monday saying it learned from multiple GOJ sources that the GOJ will begin mining for rare earths found in the seabed about 6,000 meters below the surface of the sea near the island of Minamitorishima. The paper said the GOJ will begin technological development to establish a method to extract the rare earths next year with the aim….Read more

  • October 31, 2022
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JAEA to join Poland’s next-generation reactor project 

Saturday’s Yomiuri said it learned on Friday that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will participate in Poland’s project to develop a next-generation high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) by the late 2020s. According to the daily, the JAEA and Poland’s National Center for Nuclear Research are expected to sign a contract by the end of November under which the JAEA will provide technologies related….Read more

  • October 29, 2022
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Japan, U.S. to jointly export next-gen N-reactors to Ghana

Washington, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)–Japan and the United States said Wednesday they will collaboratively support the deployment of small modular reactors in Ghana, which marks the first bilateral cooperation for exporting next-generation nuclear reactors.     The move comes after Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and U.S. President Joe Biden agreed in May to promote the global deployment of next-generation nuclear….Read more

  • October 27, 2022
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U.S. keen to export hydrogen to Japan

In an article on the Biden administration’s plan to invest $7 billion in the construction of regional clean hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) across the United States in a bid to achieve the goal of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050, Nikkei ran an interview with David Crane, former CEO of NRG Energy, who has been nominated by President Biden to serve….Read more

  • October 28, 2022
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NRA to resume central Japan n-reactor assessment

Tokyo, Oct. 26 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday decided to resume its safety assessment of a nuclear reactor in central Japan after a suspension over rewritten geological data submitted by its operator, Japan Atomic Power Co.   At the day’s regular meeting of the NRA, the secretariat of the nuclear watchdog reported that it could not find intentional….Read more

  • October 26, 2022
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Itochu looks to supply ammonia to aid Singapore’s zero-carbon push

YUTA TAKAGI, Nikkei staff writer   TOKYO — Japanese trading company Itochu is considering working with French utility EDF and Singapore electric company Tuas Power to supply ammonia to Singapore as the city-state aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.   Details, such as production scale and supply volume, have yet to be determined, but the company seeks to have a supply….Read more

  • October 26, 2022
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Kansai Electric postpones reactivation of Takahama No. 4 reactor

On Oct. 21, Kansai Electric Power Co. announced that the activation of the Takahama No. 4 reactor, which was scheduled to take place on the same day, will be postponed due to a glitch found in the reactor’s pressurizer. The No. 4 reactor is currently undergoing regular inspections. It remains to be seen when operation of the reactor will resume.….Read more

  • October 22, 2022
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Japan home power storage demand surges on high electricity costs

YUJI OHIRA, Nikkei staff writer   KYOTO — Japanese electronics group Kyocera will double annual deliveries of home power storage systems, the company said, as battery makers respond to demand fueled by soaring electricity prices and the threat of natural disasters.   A production line at a plant in Shiga prefecture, near Kyoto, will be run at full capacity to increase….Read more

  • October 24, 2022
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Japanese gas producer Air Water to build plant in India

NEO JIMBO, Nikkei staff writer   OSAKA — Japan’s Air Water intends to build an industrial liquefied gas manufacturing plant in southern India to meet rising demand from fields such as auto manufacturing. The plant will liquefy oxygen and other gases and fill cylinders with them for shipment.   The plant will be the first constructed by Air Water in….Read more

  • October 23, 2022
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