Nuclear Regulation Authority

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...
Kyushu Electric to load nuclear fuel into Sendai plant reactor...
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. will begin loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 7 ahead of its planned restart in...
NRA rebukes TEPCO for failure to contain radioactive Fukushima...
Rows of tanks holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s nuclear watchdog had harsh words for Tokyo Electric Power Co. over its failure to implement a comprehensive strategy to plug leaks of contaminated water at its...
Sendai nuclear reactors clear final screening
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. cleared the final screening hurdle for a resumption of operations at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Ehime reactor effectively clears NRA screening
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nation's nuclear watchdog effectively gave the green light May 20 to restart a reactor at a third nuclear power plant.
Opposite rulings on reactor restarts underscore legal system...
The issue of restarting Japan's nuclear reactors is sparking major antagonism in Japanese society on par with the debate over the burden Okinawa bears for hosting U.S. military ...
20-year extension sought for operation of 2 aging Takahama reactors
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kansai Electric Power Co. has become the first utility to apply for regulatory approval to extend the operating lives of aging reactors under the new system introduced after...
Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
Injunction on reactors seen as victory by some, blip on road to...
Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer representing plaintiffs, explains the Fukui District Court’s ruling against the restarts of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui on April 14. (Kenta Sujino)
Anti-nuclear activists rejoiced, Kansai Electric Power Co. expressed some jitters and the government appeared unconcerned about the Fukui District Court’s injunction that...
COMMENTARY: ‘Wishful thinking’ of nuclear insiders must not be ...
Side roads leading to high-radiation areas are barricaded along National Route No. 6 in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 15, when a 14-kilometer section was opened to regular traffic for the first time since the Fukushima nuclear accident. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered a triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011.
More reactors to be decommissioned for a total of 5
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Two more aging nuclear reactors are to be decommissioned in addition to three that utilities said had outlived their service life.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Koizumi blasts Abe's nuclear policy, remark...
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11 (Shinichi Sekine)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he was “dumbfounded” by his protege’s push to restart nuclear reactors and his claim that the ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: There's a price to pay for university research...
Kinki University's nuclear reactor in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, had been used by other universities for practical training. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
University research reactors were not exempt from the shutdowns of nuclear reactors that the central government ordered after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the ...
Nuclear watchdog takes TEPCO to task for delay in leakage report
Fukushima prefectural authorities conduct an on-site inspection near the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 27. (Pool)
The nation's nuclear watchdog body slammed Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Feb. 27 over its failure to disclose information on the leakage of radioactive rainwater into the sea...
Kansai Electric gets NRA go-ahead to restart 2 reactors in Fukui
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Feb. 11 (Kazunori Takahashi)
Japan's nuclear watchdog gave the green light Feb. 12 to restart two idled reactors at a plant in Fukui Prefecture, adding impetus to government efforts to bring nuclear...
Kansai Electric to apply shortly to restart three more reactors
The Mihama nuclear power plant's No. 3 reactor, background, last August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--Kansai Electric Power Co. will seek approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority before the end of March to restart three reactors at its Mihama and Takahama power...