May 11, 2014

A new look at spent nuclear fuel

Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu's plan to get the use of plutonium-uranium mixed-oxide fuel re-approved for Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear power plant highlight various contradictions in the central government's continuing pursuit of a nuclear fuel-cycle policy.

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.

Jul 26, 2013

The MOX fuel conundrum

Power companies' attempt to use mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel in some of their nuclear reactors deepens the conundrum in which Japan's power industry finds itself.