Govt Paper Highlights Overseas Efforts for N-Plant Decommissioning

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan needs to take into account overseas efforts for smoothly decommissioning nuclear reactors, a government report said Monday.

In its fiscal 2018 nuclear white paper, the Japan Atomic Energy Commission of the Cabinet Office underscored the importance of capitalizing on lessons learned from decommissioning projects in other countries to develop necessary technologies and win consent from nuclear plant-hosting communities.

The report comes as domestic electricity firms are gearing up for scrapping a number of nuclear reactors due to cost considerations given stricter safety standards introduced in the wake of the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant.

In late July, TEPCO decided to decommission all four reactors at its Fukushima No. 2 plant, located south of the crippled plant. Including the four, 24 reactors, or 40 pct of all units in the country, are now set to be dismantled.

Pointing out that decommissioning work is "a long-term project over several generations," the white paper said the work "needs to be done smoothly and efficiently by utilizing new technologies and systems, as well as existing technologies."

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