¥300 billion price tag projected for scrapping Monju

Feb 16, 2016

¥300 billion price tag projected for scrapping Monju

Education and science minister Hiroshi Hase said the Japan Atomic Energy Agency estimates it will cost around ¥300 billion to scrap the Monju fast-breeder reactor over 30 years. The estimate was made by the agency in 2012 but had never been disclosed to the public. ...

Jan 11, 2016

Japan team improves tunnel inspections

A research team has succeeded in improving a tunnel inspection method that uses lasers, detecting cracks and other flaws under the concrete surface far more rapidly than existing systems. The team, including researchers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the Institute for Laser ...

Mar 26, 2015

More maintenance flaws found at Monju reactor

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has again failed to conduct maintenance checks properly at its Monju fast-breeder nuclear reactor, including some components with the highest safety significance. The newly found maintenance flaws were reported to the Nuclear Regulation Authority by the Nuclear Regulation Authority ...

Japan Atomic Energy Agency to close nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

Sep 29, 2014

Japan Atomic Energy Agency to close nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it will close its nuclear fuel reprocessing plant because it would cost too much to meet tighter safety regulations adopted following the 2011 Fukushima crisis. Starting full-fledged operations in 1981, the spent-fuel reprocessing plant in the village ...

Sep 12, 2014

JAEA facility in Ibaraki suffers radioactive water leak

Japan Atomic Energy Agency announced Thursday that a pool of radioactive water was found in the radiation uncontrolled area of its materials testing reactor in Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecture. The amount of radiation in the water was small and posed no threat to the environment ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, Indonesia to cooperate on gas reactor development

The government-funded Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it has reached an agreement with the Indonesian National Nuclear Energy Agency to cooperate in the research and development of high-temperature gas reactors. Indonesia aims to begin operation of such next-generation nuclear reactors, known to have ...

Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

Apr 11, 2014

Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture is suspected of falsifying an inspection report after regulators later found new pieces of equipment there that hadn’t been inspected, Nuclear Regulation Authority sources said Thursday. The experimental reactor in Tsuruga is run ...