Nuclear Regulation Authority

EDITORIAL: Takahama reactor restart raises fresh nuclear safety...
The No. 3, right, and the No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 3 reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, is set to restart on Jan. 29.
Pluthermal reactor in Fukui Prefecture expected to restart on Jan. ...
Residents and activists on Jan. 24 protest the planned resumption of operations at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture. (Eijiro Morii)
For the first time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfolded, a plutonium-thermal (pluthermal) reactor is scheduled to restart on Jan. 29 in a densely populated region with ...
Kyushu Electric accused of 'cheap trick' in forgoing quake-proof...
The No. 2 reactor, left, at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture resumes operations on Oct. 15, 2015. The No. 1 reactor at right resumed operations in August 2015. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. is being lambasted by the public and scholars after backtracking on plans for a quake-proof building at its Sendai nuclear plant after two reactors...
Residents file suit calling for shutdown of Monju reactor
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Residents from 12 prefectures went to court Dec. 25 to seek the decommissioning of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture.
Terror attack response centers for Kyushu Electric's restarted...
The two reactors at Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Oct. 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUOKA--Kyushu Electric Power Co. will build off-site emergency response centers to cope with possible terrorist attacks on its two recently restarted nuclear reactors in...
Kyushu Electric eyes maximum 60-year operations for Sendai nuclear ...
Kyushu Electric Power Co. President Michiaki Uriu (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KAGOSHIMA--Kyushu Electric Power Co. plans to operate its two recently restarted nuclear reactors in Kagoshima Prefecture for 60 years, the longest period allowed under new...
NRA seeks new operator for Monju reactor; decommissioning likely
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture (Jun Ueda)
Japan's nuclear regulator told the science ministry to find a new operator for the problem-plagued Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture, or face the...
NRA extends deadline for nuclear plants to set up terrorist-attack ...
Shunichi Tanaka, Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman, second from right, is briefed about measures to prepare for possible tsunami at the Sendai nuclear plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in December 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nation's nuclear watchdog has pushed back the deadline for nuclear power plant operators to set up emergency response centers to deal with possible terrorist attacks at...
EDITORIAL: Abe government should finally scrap Monju fast-breeder...
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor operated by Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Nov. 4 to recommend that the operator of the trouble-plagued Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor be replaced.
Nuclear regulator: Agency 'unfit' to operate Monju fast-breeder...
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is set to demand sweeping changes at the operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor, a money-guzzling, problem-plagued project...
EDITORIAL: Safety put on the back burner as another nuclear...
People rally in front of the Sendai nuclear power plant to protest the restart of its No. 2 reactor in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Oct. 15. (Jun Kaneko)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. is set to restart the No. 2 reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Oct. 15. In August, the plant’s No....
Fault beneath Monju nuclear reactor likely inactive
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor operated by Japan Atomic Energy Agency in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A fault line beneath the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor is likely inactive, according to Nuclear Regulation Authority experts.
Ehime nuclear plant likely to restart soon after committee gives...
The No. 3 reactor of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture in the foreground (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Ikata nuclear power plant moved a step closer to restarting after a special committee of the Ehime prefectural assembly gave the go-ahead Oct. 6.
Nuclear fuel rods installed in second reactor in Kyushu
Nuclear fuel rods are moved into the No. 2 nuclear reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Sept. 11. (Provided by Kyushu Electric Power Co.)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Nuclear fuel rods have been installed at a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in preparation for a planned restart in...
Sendai reactor to resume commercial operations Sept. 10
The No. 1 reactor, right background, at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, is seen on Aug. 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Aug. 28 it intends to resume full-scale commercial operations at the Sendai nuclear power plant’s No. 1...
NRA still antsy about fault lines under Shika nuclear plant
Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An expert panel with the nation's nuclear watchdog remains unswerving in its assessment that fault lines running under the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture may...
Ehime governor and Ikata mayor cautious over restart of Ikata's No....
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The governor of Ehime Prefecture and the mayor of Ikata remain cautious of the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision on July 15 to approve newly installed safety measures...
Ikata No. 3 reactor clears another hurdle toward restart
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An idled reactor operated by Shikoku Electric Power Co. moved closer to restarting July 15 after the Nuclear Regulation Authority gave its blessing to safety measures...
Estimates to ensure nuclear plant safety soar past 2 trillion yen...
A crane moves an iodine filter to an underground venting facility during upgrading work at the No. 2 reactor of the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
Kyushu Electric starts transferring nuclear fuel into Sendai...
Protesters opposed to the resumption of operations at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture gather in front of the main gate on July 7. (Jun Kaneko)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on July 7 began moving nuclear fuel into a reactor on expectations it will be the first in Japan to restart under tougher safety regulations...