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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?

Nuclear Power Facing a Tsunami of LitigationShizume Saiji

In March 2011, a magnitude-9 earthquake triggered a giant tsunami that crippled the cooling system at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, leading to a catastrophic accident that continues to reverberate seven years later. Science reporter Shizume Saiji surveys the legal fallout from the meltdown, from claims against the government and the operator to a raft of actions aimed at permanently shutting down the nation’s nuclear power industry.

Japan Post Delivery Autos to Measure Radiation in Fukushima (News)

Fukushima, Feb. 14 (Jiji Press)—Japan Post Co. and the Fukushima prefectural government signed Wednesday a comprehensive partnership agreement, which includes a plan for the company to measure radiation quantity in areas affected by the 2011 nuclear accident. It is the 15th time that the unit of Japan Post Holdings Co. has concluded an agreement with a prefectural government in Japan. Under …

Hitachi Seeking ¥3 Trillion Aid for UK Nuclear Project (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 11 (Jiji Press)—Hitachi Ltd. is in talks with parties including a Japanese government-affiliated lender and three Japanese megabanks about receiving some ¥3 trillion in total in investment and loans for its plan to build new nuclear power reactors in Britain, it was learned Thursday. According to informed sources, the government-affiliated Japan Bank for International Cooperation an…

TEPCO Nuclear Reactors Pass NRA Screenings (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 27 (Jiji Press)—The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday the number 6 and number 7 reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture have officially passed NRA screenings for restarts. The NRA formalized a report that the reactors meet the country's new safety standards introduced after the 2011 nuclear accident at…

Kansai Electric to Scrap Aging Ōi Reactors (News)

Osaka/Fukui, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)—Kansai Electric Power Co. decided at an extraordinary board meeting Friday to decommission the aging number 1 and number 2 reactors at its Ōi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The company made the decision as it "puts safety and quality first," Kansai Electric President Iwane Shigeki said at a meeting with Governor Nishikawa Issei at the Fukui prefectura…

Even as Evacuation Orders are Lifted, Recovery Remains Distant Prospect for Many Fukushima ResidentsSuzuki Hiroshi

Six years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the government has lifted evacuation orders on four municipalities around the plant, allowing residents to return home for the first time since the meltdowns. The author, who has been involved in reconstruction planning since the evacuation orders were first given, calls for a multiple-track plan to meet the complicated needs of those who return and evacuees who continue to live elsewhere as evacuees.

Toshiba in Crisis After Failed Nuclear GambleMori Kazuo

Toshiba is in profound difficulties, facing enormous losses from its nuclear subsidiary and forced to sell off its profitable flash memory business. Journalist Mori Kazuo traces the path from President Nishida Atsutoshi’s 2005 gamble to pull the company out of stagnation up to its present troubles.

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