Nuclear Regulation Authority

Abe administration steers away from nuclear-free policy
Demonstrators gather near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 11 to protest the Cabinet's approval of the new basic energy plan. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Turning a blind eye to the Fukushima crisis and public outcry over the safety of atomic power, the Abe administration has decided not to pursue a nuclear-free society.
EDITORIAL: Nuclear safety requires a multilayered defense system
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety checks to determine whether nuclear reactors currently offline should be allowed to be brought back into operation have entered a...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Risks of radiation exposure remain high for...
Workers push wheelbarrows near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
About half of the workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the three years since the triple meltdown have been exposed to more than 5 millisieverts of radiation, a ...
EDITORIAL: NRA should ignore industry minister's remark on reactor ...
Toshimitsu Motegi, minister of economy, trade and industry (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi made the following comment on the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s safety screening process for nuclear power plants, a prerequisite for...
NRA to designate nuclear plants for priority safety screenings
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it will designate nuclear power plants for priority safety checks from among the six that are currently being screened to determine if...
INTERVIEW: Kan blasts plan to restart Hamaoka nuclear plant
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan talks to The Asahi Shimbun on Feb. 14. (Hitoshi Kujiraoka)
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who effectively shut down the Hamaoka nuclear plant following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, criticized as “radically wrong” preparations to...
EDITORIAL: Hamaoka nuclear plant should be decommissioned, not...
The Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Chubu Electric Power Co. has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulation Authority for a safety assessment for the No. 4 reactor at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in...
Top nuclear regulator: Safety screenings unlikely to finish before ...
Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority carry out safety checks at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture last September. Kyushu Electric Power Co. is seeking to restart the plant. (Pool)
The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it is unlikely any of Japan’s idled reactors will be reactivated this fiscal year as operators try to comply with tightened...
Japan's nuclear regulator raps Fukushima operator over radiation...
NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's nuclear regulator has criticized the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.
Japan's nuclear restart bogged down in safety checks and paperwork
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulation Authority prepare to carry out safety checks at the Tomari nuclear power plant last October. Hokkaido Electric Power Co. is seeking to restart the plant. (Pool)
Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan's nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three...
INTERVIEW/ Peter Bradford: Independent watchdog needed to monitor...
Peter Bradford during a recent interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Peru, Vermont (Shiro Namekata)
PERU, Vermont--An independent watchdog should oversee the daunting task of decommissioning the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and combating the contaminated water...
Nuclear power plants in disarray: Lack of waste burial site to...
A study is under way on the disposal of radioactive waste from decommissioning at an underground facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture. (Provided by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.)
Work to decommission the nation's first commercial nuclear reactor cannot start for the simple reason there is still no disposal site for radioactive waste.
Despite reform plan, problems plague Monju reactor operator JAEA
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
As the nation’s largest research institute, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) was tasked with studying a way to rid the world of one of the huge problems associated with...
Government to improve medical care response to nuclear accidents
Medical personnel receive training on how to treat patients affected by radiation exposure at the University of Fukui in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government is planning to enhance medical preparedness for nuclear accidents by designating "nuclear disaster hub hospitals" capable of treating patients with low-dose...
Japan OKs fuel removal from pool at nuclear plant
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese regulators on Oct. 30 gave final approval for the removal of fuel rods from an uncontained cooling pool at a damaged reactor building considered the highest risk at a...
TEPCO seeks to rotate more workers to Fukushima nuclear plant
Shunichi Tanaka, right, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, meets with TEPCO President Naomi Hirose on Oct. 28 at the organization's headquarters in Tokyo's Minato Ward. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The president of Tokyo Electric Power Co. told the chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority Oct. 28 that the utility is seeking to place more of its workers at the...
Fukushima water crisis threatens TEPCO's plan to restart reactors...
Workers mount a tank component of filtered venting equipment on the No. 7 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Oct. 22. (Kohei Tomida)
KASHIWAZAKI, Niigata Prefecture--The growing problem of radioactive water at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is stymieing attempts by Tokyo Electric Power Co....
TEPCO implements new safety measures in bid to restart Niigata...
Filtered venting equipment is being installed at the No. 1 reactor of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Oct. 2. (Takashi Ebuchi)
KASHIWAZAKI, Niigata Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co. is installing new venting equipment at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant here as part of efforts to win approval to ...
Chastened TEPCO applies for safety screenings for restarting 2...
Takafumi Anegawa, managing executive officer of TEPCO, submits applications to the Nuclear Regulation Authority for screenings for two Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant reactors on Sept. 27 at NRA's headquarters in Tokyo's Minato Ward. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Claiming it had learned a painful lesson from the disaster at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Sept. 27 applied for safety screenings for...
ANALYSIS: Contaminated water flowing into ocean despite Abe's claim
The Asahi Shimbun
Water contaminated with radiation is flowing out into the Pacific Ocean from a harbor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant despite assurances from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...