Dec 26, 2015

NRA targeted in second lawsuit against Monju reactor experiment

Residents near the experimental Monju fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, are suing the Nuclear Regulation Authority to have the installation permit canceled. On Friday, 106 people in 12 prefectures who live within 250 km of Monju filed suit at the Tokyo District Court, ...

Science minister inspects troubled Monju nuclear reactor

Dec 2, 2015

Science minister inspects troubled Monju nuclear reactor

Science and technology minister Hiroshi Hase inspected the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor on Wednesday after nuclear regulators last month asked his ministry to change the facility’s operator following a series of safety lapses. Ahead of the visit to the reactor, operated by the ...

Nov 9, 2015

Review nuclear fuel cycle program

The recommendation to review the Monju project should give the government, the power industry and the public an opportunity to reassess the wisdom of pursuing the establishment of a nuclear fuel cycle program.

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 ...

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 ...

Feb 25, 2014

Time to shutter Monju

The long-stalled project to commercialize fast-breeder reactor technology has been kept alive by the Abe administration in its plan for the nation's new basic energy policy.