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Construction of Oma nuclear power plant in northern Japan to be postponed

The operator of the Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, has decided to postpone by about two years the start of construction to ensure safety required by new regulations.   The facility in Oma Town would be the world’s first commercial nuclear plant to operate solely on the plutonium-uranium mixed oxide fuel known as MOX.   The….Read more

  • September 9, 2022
  • , NHK WORLD , 7:00 p.m.
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Operation of Genkai No. 4 reactor to be suspended until next spring

Kyushu Electric Power Co. announced on Sept. 8 that the No. 4 reactor at its Genkai Nuclear Power Plant (located in Saga Prefecture) will undergo a regular inspection from Sept. 12 through the end of March 2023. The firm cannot meet the Sept. 13 deadline for installing counterterrorism measures, and so the operation of the reactor will be suspended. Regular….Read more

ECONOMY

Editorial: Russia must immediately withdraw from nuclear power plant in Ukraine

The foolish behavior of using a nuclear power plant as a military position could lead to a terrible disaster. Russia should accept the call of the international community and withdraw its troops from the nuclear power plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has released a report on an investigation it conducted in early September into the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power….Read more

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Minister says “Japan may procure LNG from countries other than Russia”

At a press conference held after a Cabinet meeting on Sept. 6, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Nishimura Yasutoshi touched on the Russian government’s approval of an application by a Japanese firm to take a stake in the Sakhalin-2 oil and natural gas development project in Russia’s Far East. The minister said, “We’ll secure the stable supply of liquified….Read more

  • September 7, 2022
  • , Sankei , p. 9
  • JMH Translation

ECONOMY > Energy

LDP supports gov’t in introducing next-generation nuclear plants

A Diet members’ league of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will support the government’s plan to consider developing or building next-generation nuclear power plants. The group will recommend that the government stipulate the promotion of replacement of nuclear plants in its policies to be compiled later this year. The group will urge the government to shift its policy from downscaling….Read more

ECONOMY

Completion of nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho delayed for 26th time

By Climate Change Editor Tsutsumi Kazuya and Aomori Branch Office Director Ito Toshikatsu   Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL), which is constructing a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture, will postpone the completion of the facility. The facility was scheduled for completion during the first half of fiscal 2022. JNFL will inform the prefecture and village by….Read more

  • September 5, 2022
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
  • JMH Translation

ECONOMY

12 prefectures ask METI to promote methane hydrate development

Niigata Governor Hanazumi Hideyo visited the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) on Sept. 1 and met with Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Nakatani Shinichi. Hanazumi serves as the chair of the Japan Sea Alliance for Promoting Marine Energy Resource Development, which is made up of 12 prefectures along the Sea of Japan coast. Hanazumi submitted to….Read more

  • September 2, 2022
  • , Mainichi , p. 6
  • JMH Translation

SECURITY

81% see China as security threat, Yomiuri poll

The survey found 70% of respondents approve of Japan enhancing its defense capabilities, compared to 24% who disapprove.   Those in favor of enhancing the nation’s defense capabilities constituted the majority in all gender and age brackets. By political affiliation, 78% of those who support the ruling camp were in favor, compared to 66% among supporters of the opposition bloc….Read more

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New submersion method added as option to aid Fukushima debris cleanup

TOKYO – A state-backed body helping with the scrapping of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which suffered core meltdowns in 2011, added as an option a new submersion method for removing radioactive fuel debris that would wholly encase a reactor building in a water-filled, tank-like structure, the body said Monday.   The method, expected to reduce the risk of….Read more

  • September 5, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 8:12 p.m.
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Japan eyes new scheme to cap large firms’ gas use in supply crunch

TOKYO – Japan looks to set up a scheme to enable a natural gas usage restriction order for large companies in the event of a sudden shortage, in a bid to address fears over energy supplies in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the industry ministry said Monday.   The plan is part of proposals compiled by a ministry….Read more

  • September 5, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 10:57 p.m.
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