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TEPCO blunders raise doubts on ability as nuke plant operator via Asahi Shimbun

  Recent revelations concerning Tokyo Electric Power Co. raised fundamental doubts about whether the utility has done sufficient soul-searching over the accident at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2011. The revelations concern the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant … Continue reading

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IAEA suggests Japanese government to amend nuclear safety law via Lawyer Herald

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday last week that the Japanese regulatory body for nuclear and radiation safety should strengthen staff compentency and increase technical equipment at nuclear power plants in the country.[…] The IAEA said in … Continue reading

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Estimates to ensure nuclear plant safety soar past 2 trillion yen at 11 utilities via The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s 11 utilities plan to spend at least 2.4 trillion yen ($19.69 billion) to improve the safety of their nuclear plants, 1.5 times higher than an estimate made 18 months ago, an Asahi Shimbun survey showed. Some of the companies … Continue reading

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[UPDATE] 3-Japan nuclear plant gets safety clearance, Abe hopes for restarts via Reuters

* Sendai nuclear facility may restart Sept-Nov * Second nuclear plant safety review nears end * Abe hopes for nuclear restarts if townships approve * Protesters say safety concerns remain (Adds Abe quote, 2nd nuclear plant review almost complete, protesters) … Continue reading

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Abe’s nuclear renaissance ignores stiff opposition via The Japan Times

[…] The NRA is reviewing applications to restart 19 nuclear reactors. The safety screenings involve confirming that they meet new stricter safety standards, but Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida warns that this doesn’t mean they are safe to operate. He points … Continue reading

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Pro-nuclear expert replacing NRA commissioner who raised flag on quake risk via The Asahi Shimbun

Replacements for two outgoing commissioners of the Nuclear Regulation Authority suggest the Abe administration will find it easier to gain approval for restarts of the nation’s nuclear reactors. Few people in government circles and the nuclear industry will be sorry … Continue reading

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Editorial: Prioritize evacuation plans before restarting nuclear reactors via Mainichi

Tohoku Electric Power Co. applied with the government’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) for safety inspections of its No. 2 reactor at the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant in Miyagi Prefecture at the end of last year, a move prerequisite for restarting … Continue reading

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Safety screening sought for nuclear fuel plant via The Japan News

Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. on Tuesday filed for regulatory safety screening of its spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant. The company aims to complete the plant in the village of Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, in October, expecting that tests by the Nuclear … Continue reading

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NRA publicly reprimands TEPCO chief over latest problems at Fukushima via Japan Today

[…] TEPCO said it halted the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS)—the only one of three that was in operation—early Friday following “an alert suggesting abnormality in the process”. The firm said the cause of the problem remained unknown, but no … Continue reading

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Water, water everywhere: Incentives and options at Fukushima Daiichi and beyond via Japan Focus

Andrew DeWit Japan’s ruined and radioactive reactor plant at Fukushima Daiichi has been an abiding source of concern among knowledgeable observers. There are a host of good reasons for this reemergence. As this Mainichi survey observes, it is now clear … Continue reading

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