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Watchdog to restart probe into Fukushima nuclear accident via Asahi Shimbun

By Toshio Kawada The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) plans to restart its investigation into the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant now that radiation levels have dropped at the site. The NRA judged that investigators will … Continue reading

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Nuclear safety costs in Japan surge to staggering heights via Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Japan’s nuclear plant operators face ballooning costs for meeting safety requirements imposed six years ago, potentially throwing a wrench into the government’s policy of promoting the atom as a low-cost, reliable energy source. The estimated total cost of bringing … Continue reading

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Nuclear plant operators must pay price for missing deadline via The Asahi Shimbun

Recent announcements by three electric utilities that they will miss the deadline for taking legally required anti-terrorism measures for their nuclear power plants raises serious questions about their commitment to nuclear safety. Kansai Electric Power Co., Kyushu Electric Power Co. … Continue reading

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Japan’s nuclear watchdog weighs giving children priority in distribution of iodine tablets via Japan Times

Japan’s nuclear regulation body decided Wednesday to review the nation’s distribution system for iodine tablets against radiation exposure, with an eye on giving priority to children. Current rules say iodine tablets should be in principle distributed in advance to all … Continue reading

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Aging Tokai nuclear plant outside Tokyo cleared to restart via Asahi Shimbun

[…] After the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the operational life of nuclear reactors was set at up to 40 years in principle. But power companies can continue to operate their facilities for an additional 20 … Continue reading

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Safety checks delay construction of MOX fuel plant in Aomori for third time via The Japan Times

[…] Electric Power Development Co. had been planning to begin construction of major facilities at the Oma nuclear power plant in the prefecture during the latter half of this year, but told the Oma Municipal Assembly on Tuesday it has … Continue reading

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Watchdog says TEPCO nuclear disaster drill ‘unacceptable’ via The Asahi Shimbun

The government’s nuclear watchdog slammed Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s efforts as “unacceptable” in communicating with nuclear authorities during an emergency drill held at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant. TEPCO, operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, was among … Continue reading

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NRA to remove most dosimeters in Fukushima as radiation drops via The Asahi Shimbun

Japan’s nuclear watchdog will remove 80 percent of its radiation dosimeters in Fukushima Prefecture to slash costs and alleviate unnecessary concerns, as air dose rates have decreased significantly since the nuclear crisis unfolded in 2011. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) … Continue reading

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Two Niigata nuclear reactors run by Tepco clear new safety standards, a first for the company since the Fukushima crisis via The Japan Times

[…]   The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday endorsed safety measures for the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station in Niigata Prefecture. The move was announced at a meeting that was … Continue reading

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Leak of heavy water at Japanese research reactor delayed cancer therapy study: NRA via The Japan Times

[…] The leak occurred even though the reactor passed the stricter safety guidelines adopted after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis. The clinical study involved boron neutron capture therapy, which uses neuron radiation generated from the reactor. It kills only cancerous … Continue reading

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