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.

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.

Panel probes Monju geologic faults

Jul 17, 2013

Panel probes Monju geologic faults

A team of experts appointed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority starts a two-day investigation on the activity of geologic faults running beneath the Monju prototype 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 ...

Monju must remain idled, NRA to order

May 30, 2013

Monju must remain idled, NRA to order

The Nuclear Regulation Authority will officially prohibit the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor from resuming operations, dashing the operator’s hopes of restarting the facility by the end of next March. The harsh measure is a setback for the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a national research ...

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.

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 ...

Monju: Generating only misfortune

| May 15, 2013

Monju: Generating only misfortune

by Jun Hongo

The troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor made headlines again when the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it apparently plans to ensure the facility remains idled after announcing that the Japan Atomic Energy Agency failed to properly inspect some 10,000 components, including critical ones. Following are ...

May 14, 2013

NRA wants Monju to remain shut down

The Monju fast-breeder reactor in Fukui will stay closed because the Japan Atomic Energy Agency is too inept to manage it, the Nuclear Regulation Authority says.