Daily News: japan

March 24, 2015

Mari Yamaguchi, "Japan audit: Millions of dollars wasted in Fukushima cleanup" Associated Press / March 24, 2015 Japanese government auditors say the operator of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has wasted more than a third of the 190 billion yen ($1.6 billion) in taxpayer money allocated for cleaning up the plant after it was destroyed by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.... View Source ›

March 20, 2015

"Japan court denies injunction against MOX nuclear fuel use" Reuters / March 20, 2015 A local district court in southwestern Japan on Friday denied granting an injunction against Kyushu Electric Power Co's use of mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel at its Genkai No.3 reactor, the nuclear operator said.... View Source ›

March 19, 2015

"Japan inches closer to final approval for nuclear reactor restart" Reuters / March 19, 2015 A reactor in southwestern Japan cleared another regulatory hurdle on Wednesday, another small step in Japan's return to nuclear power after all units were shut down for stringent safety checks following the 2011 Fukushima atomic disaster.... View Source ›

March 6, 2015

"Fukushima plant ditch water found radioactive" NHK World / March 6, 2015 The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has found relatively high levels of radioactivity in water collected from a ditch in the upper part of a drainage channel at the complex.... View Source ›

February 25, 2015

"MOX imports have cost at least ¥99.4 billion, much higher than uranium fuel" Jiji Press / February 25, 2015 Five nuclear plant operators have spent at least ¥99.4 billion on imports of plutonium-containing mixed oxide (MOX) fuel since it was first shipped to Japan in 1999, Jiji Press learned on Saturday.... View Source ›

February 23, 2015

"Fukushima to OK Radioactive Soil Transfer" Jiji Press / February 23, 2015 The Fukushima prefectural government has decided to accept the transfer of radioactive soil to designated yards where it will be kept provisionally until the establishment of an interim storage facility nearby, officials said Monday. ... View Source ›

February 19, 2015

"Japan nuclear regulator advisers fear loss of its 'essential' independence" Reuters / February 19, 2015 International advisers to Japan's atomic regulator have raised concern a mandatory review of its performance could lead to a loss of independence for the body, which was set up in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.... View Source ›

February 18, 2015

"Wolsong 1 awaits decision" World Nuclear News / February 18, 2015 South Korea's Wolsong 1 power reactor continues to await permission to restart. The refurbished and uprated unit has laid dormant for two years while discussions continue on renewing its licence.... View Source ›

February 12, 2015

Kentaro Hamada and Osamu Tsukimori, " Two more Japan nuclear reactors get safety clearance" Reuters / February 12, 2015 Japan's atomic regulator on Thursday cleared a second set of reactors for restart, another step towards returning the country to nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster of 2011 led to the shutdown of all units.... View Source ›

February 6, 2015

Aaron Sheldrick, "Japan aims to restart nuclear reactor in June: sources" Reuters / February 6, 2015 Japan's government is aiming to restart a nuclear reactor by around June following a lengthy and politically-sensitive approval process in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, sources familiar with the plans said.... View Source ›

January 23, 2015

"TEPCO to miss March target for Fukushima toxic water cleanup" Kyodo / January 23, 2015 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will fail to fulfill its commitment to process by the end of March all highly radioactive water stored at the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant due mainly to equipment troubles, causing further delay in the decommissioning process.... View Source ›

January 22, 2015

Mari Iwata, "Fukushima Watch: Regulator Calls on Tepco to Discharge Tritium Water" The Wall Street Journal / January 22, 2015 Japan’s nuclear regulator has officially called on Tokyo Electric Power to work toward discharging low-level contaminated water into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.... View Source ›

January 16, 2015

Jonathan Tirone, "Nuclear-Accident Fund Opens as Japan Signs After 17 Years" Bloomberg / January 16, 2015 Japan signed on to a global nuclear-compensation treaty in Vienna that will create a fund to help victims of accidents like the one that devastated Fukushima Dai-Ichi in 2011.... View Source ›

January 8, 2015

Kentaro Hamada, "Restart of Japan's largest nuclear plant still in doubt" Reuters / The influential governor of a Japanese region rebuffed on Tuesday pleas by Tokyo Electric Power to restart the world's largest nuclear plant, saying the utility had not atoned for the disaster at its Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011.... View Source ›

January 6, 2015

Kentaro Hamada, "Restart of Japan's largest nuclear plant still in doubt" Reuters / January 6, 2015 The influential governor of a Japanese region rebuffed on Tuesday pleas by Tokyo Electric Power to restart the world's largest nuclear plant, saying the utility had not atoned for the disaster at its Fukushima nuclear plant in 2011.... View Source ›

December 30, 2014

Margaret Munro, "Fallout from radioactive Fukushima rising in west coast waters" canada.com / December 30, 2014 Radioactivity from Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors has turned up off the British Columbia coast and the level will likely peak in waters off North America in the next year or two, according to a Canadian-led team that’s intercepted the nuclear plume.... View Source ›

December 22, 2014

"First of four Fukushima reactors cleared" Sky News / December 22, 2014 One of four heavily damaged reactor buildings at Japan's tsunami-battered Fukushima nuclear power plant has been cleared of radioactive fuel rods, the operator says. ... View Source ›

December 19, 2014

"Six tons of tainted water leak at Fukushima No. 1 during Korean safety tour" Jiji / December 19, 2014 Up to 6 tons of radioactive water has leaked into the ground at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.... View Source ›

December 1, 2014

"New technology to speed up detection of radioactive strontium tenfold" The Asahi Shimbun / December 1, 2014 New updated equipment that is scheduled to go into operation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in December will detect radioactive strontium 90 in contaminated water in less than 30 minutes, compared to the seven to 10 days it now takes.... View Source ›

November 26, 2014

"Tepco starts filling cable trench with cement as it pumps out radioactive water" Jiji Press / November 26, 2014 Tokyo Electric Power Co. started work Tuesday to fill an underground trench at the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant with cement while pumping up radioactive water inside at the same time.... View Source ›

October 30, 2014

Kentaro Okasaka, "Japan-led nuke disarmament resolution passes U.N. committee" Kyodo / October 30, 2014 A Japan-led draft resolution on the elimination of nuclear weapons passed a committee of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday with endorsements from 163 countries, paving the way for adoption at a plenary meeting in December.... View Source ›

October 29, 2014

"Local government gives OK to restart Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture" Reuters / October 29, 2014 The municipal assembly in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, voted Tuesday to approve the restart of the local nuclear power station, another step forward in the fraught process of reviving an industry left idled by the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe.... View Source ›