May 27, 2014

Utility may restart Oi reactors before high court ruling

Kansai Electric Power Co. may restart reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in spite of a district court ruling if the step is approved by the regulator, the government and citizens, the company’s president said Tuesday. Kansai Electric may restart the No. 3 ...

May 27, 2014

New NRA names revealed

The Abe administration nominated two professors Tuesday to replace commissioners of the Nuclear Regulation Authority whose terms will end in September. University of Tokyo professor Satoru Tanaka is considered an advocate of nuclear power, while Akira Ishiwatari of Tohoku University is a geologist. With ...

May 14, 2014

NRA blames plant operators for prolonged reactor safety checks

The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that nuclear power plant operators, rather than regulators, are the ones to blame for the prolonged safety review of reactors that started last July. “We are working hard so that the assessment process will be ...

Apr 8, 2014

Climate that values safety tops: NRA chief

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Tuesday that establishing a climate that values safety is essential before the nation returns to nuclear power, in light of the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant disaster that started in 2011. “It is said that there has ...

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Mar 13, 2014

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Nuclear regulators decided Thursday to prioritize safety reviews for two reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, which could mean they are the closest in the nation to restarting. Seventeen reactors at 10 power plants are awaiting inspection to determine whether they satisfy ...

Mar 3, 2014

NRA adds 384 staff from defunct agency

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday held an initiation ceremony for 384 staff joining from the now-defunct Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization who will bring their technical expertise to the body. JNES was abolished Saturday and absorbed by the NRA, which was set up ...

Mar 2, 2014

Only 20% of municipalities will OK reactor restarts: poll

Only about a fifth of the 156 local governments situated within 30 km of a nuclear power plant would give the nod to reactor restarts if regulators declared them safe, a survey says. Of those 37 governments, 13 said they would do so unconditionally ...

Feb 20, 2014

NRA to name reactors sailing through review

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it will judge in the next two or three weeks whether any reactor undergoing a safety review could enter the final stage of the process toward resuming operations. After narrowing down the list of reactors that appear free ...