Tag - rokkasho



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.
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
Jul 29, 2020
Japan's troubled Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant clears safety screening
Many questions remain about the future of the plan, which has been plagued by problems for decades.
Japan Times
May 31, 2020
Aomori's Rokkasho nuclear plant gets green light but hurdles remain
Construction on the massive facility, which began in 1993, has been plagued by delays over the years.
Japan Times
May 13, 2020
Troubled Rokkasho nuclear fuel processing plant approved by regulators
Passing safety checks brings the facility a step closer to beginning operations after more than two decades in limbo.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 3, 2019
Pro-nuclear incumbent Shingo Mimura wins fifth term in Aomori gubernatorial election
Shingo Mimura, a pro-nuclear incumbent, won his fifth term in the Aomori gubernatorial election on Sunday, stressing his past achievements and focusing away from the area's involvement in the country's nuclear fuel recycling policy during campaigning.
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 / Science & Health
Jul 31, 2018
Japan to cut plutonium stockpile amid international concerns
The government has decided to reduce its plutonium stockpile, in line with its principle of possessing only the amount necessary for peaceful use.
Japan Times
Jul 18, 2018
Nuclear Regulation Authority OKs first reuse of fuel from scrapped reactors
Watchdog grants approval to Kansai Electric Power Co.'s plan to use unspent nuclear rods from decommissioned facilities at the Oi power plant in Fukui Prefecture.
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
Aug 12, 2017
METI seeks to pass nuclear buck with release of waste disposal map
Taro Kono's appointment as the new foreign minister is raising eyebrows. Though he hasn't shown any indication that he will buck Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's agenda, Kono is considered a leftish maverick within the Liberal Democratic Party, especially with regard to its nuclear energy policy, which he...
Japan Times
May 31, 2017
Commercial plutonium a bomb material
The usability of reactor-grade plutonium for weapons threatens the whole nuclear fuel-cycle concept of Japan's Council for Nuclear Fuel Cycle.
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.
Japan Times
Mar 18, 2016
Japan to return 331 kg of plutonium as U.S. official warns of proliferation risk
A large shipment of plutonium is expected to depart Japan soon amid a warning from a senior American official saying nuclear reprocessing in East Asia could lead to increased amounts of nuclear material that could be used for nuclear weapons.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 5, 2016
Japan's ¥2.9 trillion nuclear recycling quest coming up on three decades
The Rokkasho facility is designed to recycle spent uranium has been under construction for nearly three decades. The amount of fuel successfully reprocessed for commercial use: zero.
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.
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / History
May 10, 2014
Going nuclear: How close has Japan come?
We examine the historical debate on the country's nuclear ambitions


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan