Editorials 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.

Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

National 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 by ...

Commentary 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.

Panel probes Monju geologic faults

National Jul 17, 2013

Panel probes Monju geologic faults

A team of experts appointed by the Nuclear Regulation Authority starts a two-day investigation on the activity of geologic faults running beneath the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.

National Jun 22, 2013

Monju operator lax on inspecting 2,100 other components

The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor said Friday it had skipped inspections of another 2,100 components, in the latest sign of its lax safety management. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency was already found to have failed to conduct inspections at appropriate intervals ...

Monju must remain idled, NRA to order

National May 30, 2013

Monju must remain idled, NRA to order

The Nuclear Regulation Authority will officially prohibit the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor from resuming operations, dashing the operator's hopes of restarting the facility by the end of next March. The harsh measure is a setback for the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, a national research institute, ...

Editorials May 18, 2013

Shut Monju down permanently

The Abe government should give up on the trouble-plagued Monju fast-breeder reactor project after the Nuclear Regulation Authority cited safety management problems.