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 ...

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 ...