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Safety upgrades at unit 2 of Japan's Onagawa NPP in Miyagi Prefecture will not be completed in February as planned, Tohoku Electric Power Company announced. The target had been to restart commercial operation in May. Tohoku said it expects a delay of several months for completion date of the safety measures.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrestart-delayed-for-japans-onagawa-2-11429501

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing live data from Japan on the release of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP on the IAEA website. The data includes water flow rates, radiation monitoring data and the concentration of tritium after dilution. Fukushima NPP operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), has now begun the controlled discharge of the water into the sea. At the same time, Tepco began transmitting data from various points in the process to the IAEA.

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-monitors-treated-water-released-from-fukushima-daiichi-11105762

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has ordered plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) to urgently assess the risks of a possible collapse at unit 1 of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi NPP, and to formulate emergency measures as soon as possible to avoid any radioactive leakage. Videos taken during a robotic probe in March showed that the pedestal of unit 1’s containment vessel, the main supporting structure directly under its core, was severely damaged. The underwater robot found the concrete wall was missing in over half of the pedestal, measuring five metres in internal diameter, leaving the reinforcing bar exposed.

Date: Saturday, 03 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapanese-regulator-orders-reassessment-of-fukushima-npp-risks-10909664

The International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Task Force established to monitor Japan’s plan to discharge treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP has completed its second regulatory review. During a five-day visit to Japan, the Task Force met with officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to assess the regulatory framework for the discharge. This was IAEA’s second review of the plans.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-task-force-reviews-fukushima-water-discharge-plan-10539790

Prime minister has called for restart of more reactors The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan before the March 2011 accident. In a first for Japan since the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident in 2011, public support for a nuclear restart is now at more than 60%, said a former executive director of the International Energy Agency.

CNBC reported that Nobuo Tanaka attributed that to the possibility of “serious problems by the end of this year” if Japan does not have nuclear power.

He added that Japan wants to secure energy supplies but also work toward reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, and striking that balance could prove increasingly challenging.

“Japanese public support is more than 60%, and it was the first time ever that support of nuclear power is starting to come over 50% after the Fukushima accident,” Mr Tanaka said. Mr Tanaka, now the chair of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum, was speaking at the 2022 Global Supertrends Conference.

There have been reservations among the Japanese public over the use of nuclear energy, particularly when it comes to the issue of safety, but Mr Tanaka said the future of nuclear power is now safer, and stressed the importance of minimising risk and maintaining “peaceful use”.

Date: Saturday, 20 August 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/public-support-for-nuclear-at-highest-level-since-before-fukushima-8-5-2022

The Tokyo district court has ordered four former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) to pay JPY13,000 billion ($95bn) in damages to the operator of the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi NPP, according to the plaintiff's lawyers. The civil case was brought by 48 Tepco shareholders in 2012 against five former Tepco officials - former Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, former President Masataka Shimizu and former Managing Director Akio Komori - the court found all but Komori liable to pay the damages.

Date: Friday, 15 July 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstokyo-court-orders-former-tepco-officials-to-pay-damages-for-fukushima-disaster-9851394