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 ...

Aug 9, 2013

JAEA faces shakeup over Monju lapses

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency will be streamlined and possibly renamed in light of the flawed inspections last year at its troubled Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

Jun 22, 2013

Monju operator lax on inspecting 2,100 other components

The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor said Friday it had skipped inspections of another 2,100 components, in the latest sign of its lax safety management. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency was already found to have failed to conduct inspections at appropriate ...

J-PARC leak signals poor sense of crisis

| May 27, 2013

J-PARC leak signals poor sense of crisis

The release of radioactive material from a Japan Atomic Energy Agency facility in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, last week suggests scientists still lack a sense of crisis and urgency about radiation dangers despite the 2011 Fukushima disaster. At least 30 researchers at the Hadron Experimental ...

May 17, 2013

Monju reactor unlikely to resume operations by next March: JAEA

Kyodo The Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor will unlikely be able to resume operations by the end of the current fiscal year, the research institute that owns the facility said Thursday. The remarks were made a day after the Nuclear Regulation Authority decided not ...

Dec 1, 2012

Taking iodine before fallout hits is key: NRA

The Nuclear Regulation Authority released Friday the results of a computer simulation on how the use of iodine tablets by people around nuclear plants can protect their thyroids from excessive exposure to radiation in the event of a severe catastrophe. The NRA’s estimate, compiled ...