Tag - nuclear-fuel



A 30-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making up a story that he had been hit by a motorbike because he didn't want to go on an overseas business trip.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 4, 2023
Aomori man arrested for allegedly faking accident to avoid business trip
The Japan Nuclear Fuel employee allegedly made a false statement that he had been hit by a motorbike and that the driver had run away.
Sep 1, 2022
Japan to resume nuclear fuel production
The country's three nuclear fuel producers have suspended production since December 2018 as it took time to comply with new standards set by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.
Japan Times
Dec 9, 2020
MOX fuel fabrication plant in Japan clears regulator's safety checks
The plant is located 55 meters above sea level and the operator Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. believes it will not be affected by tsunami.
Japan Times
Aug 6, 2020
Japan's stalled nuclear fuel cycle policy
While the disposal of the spent nuclear fuel is big challenge that must be tackled, it should not stop the government and the power industry from rethinking the costly fuel cycle program.
Nov 28, 2018
Aomori nuclear reprocessing plant leaked 20 liters of radioactive water earlier this week
Twenty liters of water containing radioactive materials were accidentally released at a spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, earlier this week, operator Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. has said.
Japan Times
Sep 15, 2018
Rokkasho's fuel reprocessing plant nears full NRA approval
A spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, looks set to gain approval for full operation following the completion of most of its safety review.
Japan Times
Apr 4, 2018
Safety checks of trouble-prone nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Aomori to resume
Nuclear regulators on Wednesday decided to resume assessing the safety of a spent fuel reprocessing plant in Aomori Prefecture after suspending the process for several months following revelations about the operator's lax safety management.
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2017
Cesium traces found at Aomori nuke site believed from 2010 container leak
Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected on a glove of a worker at an nuclear facility in Aomori Prefecture last month, Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Thursday.
Japan Times
Oct 12, 2017
Japan Nuclear Fuel skipped safety checks at Rokkasho plant for 14 years
Fuel reprocessing plant halts operations after nuclear regulators found the operator neglected to conduct safety tests for more than a decade.
Japan Times
Jun 20, 2017
Japan eyes U.S. nuclear pact that renews automatically amid Trump administration vacancies
Japan will seek a nuclear energy pact with the United States that renews automatically while it continues reprocessing spent fuel and enriching uranium, government sources said Tuesday.
Dec 22, 2016
Review the failure of Monju
Before the government launches another expensive undertaking aimed at keeping its nuclear fuel cycle policy alive, it should first examine why the Monju fast-breeder project ended in failure.
Japan Times
Dec 21, 2016
Monju prototype reactor, once a key cog in Japan's nuclear energy policy, to be scrapped
Once envisioned in a key role of the fuel-recycling policy, the controversial Monju reactor is scrapped by the government.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 8, 2016
Mitsubishi Heavy and Japan Nuclear Fuel to invest in France's Areva
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. are making final arrangements to invest tens of billions of yen in atomic energy company Areva, which is being bailed out by the French government, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
Sep 21, 2016
End to breeder reactor, plutonium pile-up are twin problems for Japan's reprocessing policy
With the trouble-prone Monju fast-breeder reactor set to be scrapped and nuclear materials piling up, Japan's policy on reprocessing atomic fuel is becoming increasingly uncertain.
Nov 30, 2015
Panel seeks new body to expand government role in nuclear fuel reprocessing
A panel at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry decided Monday to propose creating a new body to strengthen the government's involvement in nuclear fuel reprocessing operations.
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.
Sep 28, 2015
Study finds it likely that 70% of nuclear fuel melted at Fukushima No. 2 reactor
More than 70 percent of the nuclear fuel in one of the reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is highly likely to have melted in the wake of the massive 2011 earthquake and tsunami, according to a university research team.
Japan Times
Jun 28, 2015
Container lid bolts for low-level nuclear waste might be failing
The bolts used to secure lids on metal containers that transport low-level radioactive waste by sea might be failing, Nuclear Fuel Transport Co. reveals.
Nov 5, 2014
New delay to Japan's atomic-fuel processing plant puts it 19 years behind schedule
Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. has announced another delay to the start of its ¥2.4 trillion nuclear fuel reprocessing plant to March 2016, citing the need to meet new safety standards drawn up in the wake of the triple meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture.
Jun 19, 2014
Japan to set up research center for Fukushima decommissioning process
The science ministry said Thursday it will set up a research center next April to help decommission the heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals