AOMORI – A freighter carrying highly radioactive reprocessed Japanese nuclear waste from Cherbourg in northern France arrived Thursday in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.
The waste is to be placed in a long-term storage facility at Rokkasho, officials said.
After being offloaded from the 5,000-ton Pacific Swan at Mutsu-Ogawara port, 132 cases of waste, which has been packed into solidified glass, will be transported about 7 km and kept at the facility, owned by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd., for 30 to 50 years.
The shipment is the ninth of its kind. The Tokyo, Chubu, Kansai, Shikoku and Kyushu electric utilities own the waste, which was reprocessed in France from spent nuclear fuel removed from nuclear reactors in Japan.
The transport of nuclear waste between Japan and Europe for recycling has sparked criticism in Japan and abroad.