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  • Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Update With IAEA Video Clip

    United Nations inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency released preliminary findings from its latest inspection of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant this week, the same week, near the anniversary of the March 2011 disaster, that Japan was hit with a significant earthquake...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO President Links Nuclear Restart To Profits

    The president of the Tokyo Electric Power Company said that the company was at a crossroads, requiring its first rate hike since 2012 unless it was allowed to restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station, which is one of the world's largest nuclear power plants. TEPCO President Naomi Hirose...
  • Blog Post: Japan's Nuclear Regulator Endorses Restart Of Takahama Reactors

    Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday endorsed the restart of two more nuclear reactors, the third and fourth to get a regulatory blessing since the country closed down its 48 reactors in the aftermath of the March 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Kansai Electric...
  • Blog Post: IAEA Team At Fukushima Daiichi To Focus On Toxic Water

    The head of a United Nations team inspecting the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in eastern Japan said that the issue of toxic water build up at the crippled plant was a top concern for TEPCO's decommissioning and cleanup effort. Juan Carlos Lentijo said that TEPCO (the Tokyo Electric Power...
  • Blog Post: Sources Name June As Target For Japan's Nuclear Restart At Sendai

    A Kyushu Electric Power Company official told Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority that paperwork required for the restart of the mothballed Sendai nuclear power station would be completed by the end of March, while others named June as the target for a restart of the mothballed facility. At an...
  • Blog Post: Japan To Encourage Robotics With Fukushima Economic Zone

    Sometimes a robot just needs to hang out with its own kind. If that is the case, a move to Japan's Fukushima Prefecture might be just what the doctor ordered. This is because the state minister in charge of revitalization of the area surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Power Station, Wataru Takeshita...
  • Blog Post: Convention On Nuclear Safety Likely To Bark About Tougher Safety Standards

    A compromise proposal for the Convention on Nuclear Safety's February conference puts tougher safety initiatives in the form of a declaration or a statement, rather than a mandated amendment to the convention's treaty. With opposition to an amendment coming from the United States and Russia...
  • Blog Post: Japanese Think Tank Touts Nuclear Return

    A Japanese government think tank, the Institute of Energy Economics Japan, said a 25 percent target for nuclear power would be the most advantageous from an economical point of view, compared to zero percent, 15 percent and 30 percent hypothetical scenarios that were studied. The study envisioned...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Says Water Clean Up Is Two Months Behind Schedule

    Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it will need until the end of May to detoxify thousands of tons of water that continues to become contaminated as it seeps into basements areas of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station that was devastated by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011...
  • Blog Post: Japan Tips The Scales On Nuclear Damage Compensation Pact

    Japan's signature on the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage makes the international agreement binding after a 17-year pregnant pause in which Japan, despite its problems at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, was hesitant to sign. The deal, which required five countries...
  • Blog Post: Fall Kills Worker At Fukushima Daiichi; Clean Up Crew At 7,000 Strong

    A worker at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant died Tuesday after falling more than 30 feet into an empty water tank just a week after labor regulators in Japan warned the Tokyo Electric Power Company about an increase in accidents at the cleanup site. Safety issues at the devastated plant...
  • Blog Post: Japan And China Represent Industry Dilemma

    Announcements this week show Japan and China headed in opposite directions in terms of nuclear power, the former announcing that five aging reactors would close, the later announcing that there would be five new nuclear power plant construction projects begun in 2015. Japan remains embroiled in the...
  • Blog Post: Kurion To Develop Robot For Fukushima Daiichi Clean Up

    Japanese industrial IHI Corporation, working for the Tokyo Electric Power Company, has turned to California-based radioactive waste innovator Kurion to develop a robot that will be used in clean- up work at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The new machine, to be named after the power plant for which...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Reaches Cleanup Milestone at Fukushima Daiichi Unit 4

    [Updated] Cleanup crews at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan reached a post-disaster milestone over the weekend, as the Tokyo Electric Power Company said it had removed all the radioactive fuel from the plant's Unit 4 reactor building. There have been a total of 1...
  • Blog Post: After Abe Sweep, Nuclear Options Move Forward In Japan

    The Nuclear Regulatory Authority in Japan have given the green light for restarting two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant, giving their approval three days after pro-nuclear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a reelection bid with strong voter support. The restarts still require approval from...
  • Blog Post: Toshiba To Merge Westinghouse Steam Turbine and Generator Business With Two Others

    [Updated] Multinational energy giant Toshiba said it would reorganize its North American power companies, combining steam turbine and generator business for nuclear power plants at Westinghouse Electric Co. and Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corp. with the thermal and hydropower business operated by...
  • Blog Post: TEPCO Turns To Cement To Stop Radioactive Water Flow

    The Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) moved forward this week with Plan B for containing and removing radioactive water that is believed to be polluting ground water on the sea side of the stricken plant, as it escapes the facility through underground trenches, The Japan Times reported. TEPCO tried...
  • Blog Post: First All-MOX Plant To Apply For Safety Screenings

    Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power) President Masayoshi Kitamura said Thursday that the company will submit its application to the Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority for safety screenings to start operations for the world's first all-MOX fuel plant, which is under construction in Oma, Aomori...
  • Blog Post: Last Government Hurdles Fall for Sendai Plant Restart

    Kagoshima assembly members and the local governor both approved the restart of two shuttered Sendai nuclear reactors on Friday, eliminating the last government hurdles to returning the plant in southern Japan to operational status. NDTV reported that the assembly's approval followed a green light...
  • Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Notches Cleanup Milestone

    Fukushima Daiichi operator TEPCO said Wednesday that it had completed the task of removing 400 metric tons of spent fuel from the plant's Unit 4 storage pool that was among the most threatening aspects of the catastrophic events of March 2011, when the six-reactor nuclear plant was rocked by an earthquake...
  • Blog Post: Japan Conducts Nuclear Plant Stress Test

    Without any nuclear power being produced in Japan, thousands of residents and government officials, all the way up to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, took part in a simulated nuclear plant emergency drill Sunday and Monday. The drill simulated a severe emergency that began at 8:30 AM on Sunday with a hypothetical...
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  • Blog Post: Sendai One Step Closer As Japan's First Restart

    Japan is a step closer toward a nuclear power restart as 19 of 26 Satsumasendai assembly members voted to approve switching on the Sendai nuclear power plant despite protests from anti-nuclear groups. Satsumasendai is a city with 100,000 residents in the Kagoshima prefecture about 600 miles southwest...
  • Blog Post: Top Volcano Expert Contradicts Japanese NRA on Safety Assessment

    The deadliest volcanic eruption in Japan since 1902, the Sept. 27 phreatic event at Mt. Ontake, has raised concerns that the country's two Sendai reactors may not be safe for restarts. On Friday, Toshitsugu Fujii, professor emeritus of volcanology at the University of Tokyo and the head of a government...
  • Blog Post: Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Weekly Review

    Developments in Japan this week related to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant severely damaged in 2011 include a partnership with the organization cleaning up the UK's Sellafield site, results from remote inspections of unit 2 and a debate about volcano hazards near restarting plants. Sellafield...