Nuclear Regulation Authority

COMMENTARY: Green light for Sendai plant shows lessons from...
Trucks used in construction work enter the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 16 after the results of the safety screening were released. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
It clearly hasn't dawned on the central government and Japan's electric power companies that it is impossible to construct a nuclear plant that is 100-percent safe.
Koizumi: Government's nuclear-energy logic a complete failure
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi again blasted the Abe administration’s pro-nuclear energy strategy, saying the plan to restart reactors across the nation is “too...
EDITORIAL: Nuclear watchdog should stick to strict personnel rules
Satoru Tanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two key individuals of the nation’s nuclear safety watchdog were in the news last weekend. Neither matter should be overlooked.
Sendai nuclear plant set to restart without off-site emergency...
The off-site emergency center in Okuma of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was rendered unusable after the nuclear disaster in March 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture could restart two reactors in autumn without a crucial emergency facility in place to deal with a possible nuclear...
Japan to experience nuclear-free summer
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s delayed application for safety screenings of two reactors means Japan will be without nuclear energy this summer for the first time since the...
Tohoku Electric seeks reactor restart; praise, anger expressed...
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulation Authority study geological formations along a fault line at the Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture in December 2013. (Pool)
Tohoku Electric Power Co. on June 10 applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority for safety screenings to restart a reactor that might lie directly above an active fault.
Nuclear safety inspectors first to flee stricken Fukushima plant
The central control room of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 26, 2011 (Provided by TEPCO)
Safety inspectors with the government's nuclear watchdog body were the first to flee when disaster struck the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011.
Pro-nuclear expert replacing NRA commissioner who raised flag on...
Kunihiko Shimazaki, Nuclear Regulation Authority commissioner (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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 ...
ANALYSIS: Court ban on restart of Oi plant puts nuclear safety...
Plaintiffs, their lawyers and supporters hail the court ruling in their favor in front of the Fukui District Court on May 21. (Masaki Yamamoto)
A court ruling ordering Kansai Electric Power Co. not to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture has called into question the...
Japan Atomic Power applies for safety checks for 35-year-old...
The Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in December 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan Atomic Power Co. on May 20 applied for safety checks in hopes of restarting a 35-year-old reactor at its Tokai No. 2 nuclear plant, which was damaged by the 2011...
Doubts raised over ‘world’s strictest’ claim for new nuclear ...
Nuclear Regulation Authority investigators survey geological faults in a 40-meter-deep tunnel on the premises of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in February. (Pool)
Lawmakers and experts are questioning the Abe administration’s claims that its new safety standards for nuclear power plants are rigorous enough to allow restarts of the...
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.