Sep 4, 2016

Monju and the nuclear fuel cycle

If the cost problem finally spells doom for the Monju project, the government and power companies should also consider the cost-efficiency of the nuclear fuel cycle program.

Nov 28, 2015

Japan eyes greater government role in nuclear fuel recycling

The industry ministry has mapped out revisions for the spent nuclear fuel recycling program that call for stronger government involvement to ensure stable management of the troubled program, it was learned Saturday. According to the outline, a new organization sanctioned and supervised by the ...

Nov 9, 2015

Review nuclear fuel cycle program

The recommendation to review the Monju project should give the government, the power industry and the public an opportunity to reassess the wisdom of pursuing the establishment of a nuclear fuel cycle program.

Aug 3, 2015

Restart of Sendai reactors will result in 40 tons of spent fuel

If the two idle reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture are reactivated as anticipated, the plant will have to store around 40 tons of new spent fuel. Although the plant’s storage capacity is unlikely to be filled ...

Jun 15, 2015

Japan Nuclear Fuel again faces delay in fuel cycle project

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. looks certain to face a fresh delay in the completion of its spent fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, as regulators are unlikely to end their safety checks by the end of this month, as the company had expected. ...

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.