Tag - nuclear-regulation-authority



Japan Times
Sep 19, 2015
Rearranging the deck chairs on the nuclear Titanic
The International Atomic Energy Agency's recently released postmortem on the Fukushima nuclear accident of 2011 makes for grim reading and serves as a timely reminder of why the restart of the Sendai nuclear plant in Kyushu is a bad idea.
Sep 9, 2015
Regulator warns Kansai Electric may not win approval for Mihama reactor restart
Nuclear regulators on Wednesday warned that Kansai Electric Power Co. may not be allowed to extend the life span of its aging nuclear reactor at the Mihama plant, saying the utility has been slow to submit information required for a safety review.
Jul 15, 2015
Ikata reactor in Ehime wins safety approval as nuclear plants inch closer to restart
Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s Ikata No. 3 reactor has become the fifth reactor to obtain regulatory approval for a restart since the 2011 Fukushima crisis began.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 14, 2015
Shika nuclear plant may be sitting on active seismic fault: NRA panel
The news that a nuclear plant on the Sea of Japan coast may have been built on at least one active seismic fault line has cast doubt on whether the plant in Shika, Ishikawa Prefecture, will ever be restarted.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 16, 2015
Residents would need 16 hours to evacuate if Takahama plant struck by disaster: NRA
The Nuclear Regulation Authority's estimate suggests local governments may have underestimated the difficulties of undertaking a mass evacuation form a nuclear disaster.
Japan Times
Feb 4, 2015
Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week
Two more idled nuclear reactors, in Fukui Prefecture, are set to obtain safety clearance from regulators, sources said, giving another boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan to revive atomic power following the 2011 triple meltdown at Tepco's Fukushima No. 1 plant.
Dec 22, 2014
A broader say in reactor restarts
As the Abe administration pushes to restart idled nuclear power plants that have cleared safety screening, the question of which local governments should also have a say in whether a plant may restart remains open.
Dec 17, 2014
Two Kepco reactors clear major safety hurdle toward restart
The move sets the stage for the idled units to restart, possibly next year, and bolsters the Abe government's plan to revive atomic power after the triple meltdown in Fukushima.
Dec 5, 2014
Fresh suit filed in Fukui over plan to restart Kepco reactors
Opponents of reactor restarts on Friday filed for an injunction on plans to fire up four reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Co.
Nov 7, 2014
J-Power to apply for screening of uncompleted MOX nuclear plant in Aomori
Electric Power Development Co. plans to apply by the end of the year for safety screening of the Oma nuclear power plant under construction in Aomori Prefecture, sources said Thursday.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2014
Abe picks for NRA 'undermine' nuclear watchdog's independence
The Lower House has approved the appointment of a Nuclear Regulation Authority commissioner who has received more than u00a510 million in research funding from nuclear-related entities.
Jun 4, 2014
The NRA doesn't need a 'yes man'
Public trust in the NRA could be lost if its neutrality is in doubt.
May 14, 2014
NRA blames plant operators for prolonged reactor safety checks
The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that nuclear power plant operators, rather than regulators, are the ones to blame for the prolonged safety review of reactors that started last July.
Apr 11, 2014
Cabinet OKs new energy policy, kills no-nuclear goal
The Cabinet adopts a new basic energy policy that officially abandons Japan's zero-nuclear goal for atomic energy and aims to restart the nation's idled reactors instead.
Japan Times
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.
Mar 15, 2014
The Fukushima tragedy justifies nuclear skepticism
The findings of a Kyodo survey conducted in February this year reveal a stunning level of reluctance to restart Japan's nuclear reactors in the host cities, towns and prefectures that stand to gain from revving them back up.
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.
Jan 4, 2014
Here's eyeing Japan 2014 — warts an' all
"To know the future, look at the past," is a familiar Buddhist aphorism. However, it's also said that a prophet isn't honored in his hometown — which is why I live in Tokyo. As we ride into the Year of the Horse, I thought I'd canter awhile through times to come and report back on what I found. My...
Oct 27, 2013
Nuclear regulators can't win
Criticisms of the biases and capabilities of the Nuclear Regulation Authority — from both the pro- and anti-nuclear power camps — summarize the contradictions of Japan's nuclear power policy.
Japan Times
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.


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