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Japan Still Dependent on Fossil Fuels and Middle East

After oil crises in the 1970s, Japan aimed to become less dependent on fossil fuels and the Middle East. However, 40 years on there has been little progress.

Japan Moves to Reduce Plutonium Reserves Amid International Concern

Responding to concerns expressed by the international community, the Japanese government has enacted a new policy to reduce its plutonium reserves, which have risen to 47 tons. This announcement came on July 31 from the Japan Atomic Energy Commission.

Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants

Seven years on from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, nine reactors are operational in Japan as of July 2018. Unlike the Fukushima Daiichi reactors, all of these are pressurized water reactors and they are based in western Japan.

Japan’s Energy Basic Plan Avoids the ProblemsKawahara Yūzō

The cabinet has approved the fifth energy basic plan, a blueprint for Japan’s energy policy. Nuclear is still positioned as a significant base load power source, but the plan says nothing about replacing deteriorated nuclear power stations or constructing new ones. How long will these issues remain unaddressed?

Koizumi, Hosokawa Want Immediate Halt of Nuclear Plants (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—Former Japanese Prime Ministers Koizumi Jun'ichirō  and Hosokawa Morihiro on Wednesday called for an immediate halt of operations at all active nuclear power reactors in the nation, as part of a set of proposals designed to end the country's dependence on nuclear energy. A group aiming to reduce Japan's nuclear dependence to zero and promote renewable energy, for whi…

Suzuki Starts Test of Fuel Cell Scooter on Public Roads (News)

Tokyo, March 21 (Jiji Press)—Suzuki Motor Corp. said Tuesday that it has started testing a fuel cell scooter on public roads, seeking the possibility of its commercial launch in the future. It is the first time for a fuel cell two-wheeled vehicle to travel on public roads in Japan, the company said. A model of the Suzuki fuel cell scooter on display during a 2015 hydrogen energy symposi…

Revving to Go for 2020: Tokyo Governor Koike Launches New Fuel Cell Buses (Japan in Photos)

Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko takes a test ride on one of two new fuel cell buses on March 6, 2017. The buses are scheduled to begin making runs between Tokyo Station and the international exhibition center Tokyo Big Sight from March 21. The metropolitan government looks to introduce more than 100 fuel cell buses as part of its aim to realize a “hydrogen society” by 2020, the year of the Tokyo O…

Japan Government Formally Decides to Decommission Monju Reactor (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government formally decided on Wednesday to decommission the trouble-plagued Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui. At a meeting of relevant ministers, the government also determined that it will maintain its nuclear fuel cycle policy and continue to develop a new fast reactor by obtaining neces…

Monju Fast-Breeder Reactor Set for Decommissioning

At a September 21 ministerial meeting, the Japanese government took a step toward decommissioning the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture. Cabinet members involved in nuclear power policy agreed to draw up plans within the year for the development of a new fast reactor to replace Monju, operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The formal decision to decommission the reactor …

Government Fails to Address Contradictions Over Japan’s Nuclear FutureKikkawa Takeo

The August 2015 restart of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Kyūshū ended a two-year shutdown of all nuclear reactors in Japan. As commentators debate whether this will prompt other plants around the country to come back online, the current administration appears unwilling to take responsibility for dealing with contradictions between the need to shut down aging facilities and the nation’s continued reliance on nuclear power.

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