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 ...

NRA checks fault study areas at Kashiwazaki

Feb 17, 2014

NRA checks fault study areas at Kashiwazaki

Nuclear regulators started a two-day inspection Monday of sites where Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to conduct a seismic activity survey of geological faults in and around the large Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear complex in Niigata Prefecture. If the findings of the preliminary inspection are approved ...

Jan 12, 2014

Nuclear plant restarts on the table

While Japan goes through its first winter season with all of its 50 nuclear power reactors offline, the Nuclear Regulation Authority is considering utility companies' applications to restart 16 reactors under new post-3/11 safety standards.

NRA issues safety vow on its first anniversary

Sep 19, 2013

NRA issues safety vow on its first anniversary

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka vowed Thursday to ensure that the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant is made safe as the regulatory body marked the first anniversary of its launch. “The situation at the Fukushima No. 1 plant remains unstable. Every time a ...

Jul 30, 2013

Tepco stalling spurs NRA to up scrutiny

The Nuclear Regulation Authority will beef up monitoring at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, an NRA official said Tuesday, after Tokyo Electric Power Co. came under fire for its apparent delayed revelation that radioactive groundwater had reached the Pacific. The revelation triggered ...

World's 'toughest nuclear safety standards' take effect

| Jul 8, 2013

World's 'toughest nuclear safety standards' take effect

by Miya Tanaka

Japan on Monday ushered in what regulators call the world’s toughest safety standards for atomic power plants, determined to prevent another disaster like the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 complex. But the Nuclear Regulation Authority, power utilities and ...