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The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency on 3 March published a new report - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident, Ten Years On: Progress, Lessons and Challenges. NEA said it is intended to assist Japan's recovery from the accident "for a better future for all, and more generally enhance the safe use of nuclear energy worldwide".

Date: Friday, 05 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnea-report-looks-at-fukushima-10-years-on-8566806

As work to decommission the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and revitalise the surrounding area continues, there are many ways international communities can learn, assist Japan and support each other, according to a new report from OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Published today, ahead of the 10th anniversary of the disaster, the report summarises the circumstances of the accident, the current status of the site, and lessons learned. It also considers the challenges that lie ahead and makes policy recommendations.

Date: Thursday, 04 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/NEA-assesses-the-cause-and-impact-of-Fukushima-acc

The process of removing all 566 fuel assemblies from the storage pool of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was completed yesterday, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has announced. Fuel assemblies have already been removed from the pool at unit 4, but such work has yet to start at units 1 and 2.

Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Fuel-removal-completed-at-Fukushima-Daiichi-3

Czech scientists have received a US patent for their discovery that a polycrystalline-diamond coating can significantly protect fuel rods against corrosion during both normal reactor operation and accidents. Researchers from the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics of the Czech Technical University (CTU CIIRC) and the Institute of Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (FZU AV ČR) obtained an EU patent for the technology in April last year.

Date: Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Czech-solution-to-fuel-rod-corrosion-receives-US-p

Japan suffered a powerful earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale on 13 February, with the Fukushima Prefecture being one of the most affected by the tremors. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said it believes the quake was an aftershock of the March 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi NPP. JMA said it was the strongest to occur off the country's northeastern coast since April  2011.

Date: Thursday, 18 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsearthquake-strikes-japans-fukushima-prefecture-8529385

"Morocco has shown a clear interest in participating in the modernised nuclear liability instruments," Karim El-Assefry, head of the Nuclear Applications and Safety Division of the country's Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment, said at a recent virtual seminar on civil liability for nuclear damage.

Date: Thursday, 31 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-supports-Morocco-s-alignment-with-civil-liabi

The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) has today approved the independent core cooling systems implemented by the operators of the country's nuclear power plants. The operators were required to introduce such systems following the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. The systems were to be in place by the end of this year in order for the reactors to continue operating.

Date: Saturday, 19 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Swedish-reactors-meet-new-emergency-cooling-requir

Japan will have only one nuclear reactor – Genkai 4 – operating for the next six weeks after Kansai Electric Power Co shut down Ohi 4 in Fukui Prefecture for regular maintenance on 3 November, Asahi Shimbun reported.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsonly-one-power-reactor-remains-in-operation-in-japan-8354484

Germany is showing continued strong support for the International Atomic Energy Agency's mission to foster global peace and development, even as the country phases out its own use of nuclear power, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said yesterday during a two-day visit to Germany. Decommissioning and waste management will be important areas for future cooperation between Germany and the IAEA, he said.

Date: Saturday, 07 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-sees-Germany-as-key-member,-despite-nuclear-p

Japan's Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) today approved the operational safety programme submitted by Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) for its seven-unit Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. Tepco is working towards restarting units 6 and 7 at the site in Niigata prefecture.

Date: Friday, 06 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-plant-passes-restart-review