Sep 9, 2016

Tokai nuclear fuel plant to take 70 years to decommission: JAEA

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has revealed it will take about 70 years to fully dismantle its nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture. It is the first time that the agency has given a specific time frame for the decommissioning ...

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, claiming ...

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 Japan ...

May 31, 2013

Ill-prepared for nuclear accidents

The exposure of 33 researchers to radiation on May 23 at a Japan Atomic Energy Agency research facility in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, revealed the JAEA's failure to uphold basic safety standards. Education and science minister Mr. Hakubun Shimomura said May 28 that the ministry ...

May 18, 2013

Shut Monju down permanently

The Abe government should give up on the trouble-plagued Monju fast-breeder reactor project after the Nuclear Regulation Authority cited safety management problems.