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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts has completed a nuclear security mission at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power station (KKNPS) in Japan at the request of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco). The purpose of the mission was to assess the enhancement of the physical protection measures at the KKNPS, Japan’s largest NPP, and to provide further advice as necessary to Tepco.

Date: Friday, 05 April 2024
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An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety review has concluded that Japan’s plans to release treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station (FDNPS) into the sea are consistent with IAEA safety standards. In a report formally presented by Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during his recent visit to Tokyo the IAEA also said discharges of the treated water would have a negligible radiological impact on people or the environment.

Date: Saturday, 08 July 2023
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Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has begun a final safety inspection before treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi MPP is released into the Pacific Ocean. The inspection began a day after plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) installed the last equipment needed for the release – the outlet of the undersea tunnel constructed to release the water 1 kilometre offshore.

Date: Saturday, 01 July 2023
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Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (NPS), has demonstrated its capabilities for accurate and precise measurements of the radionuclides present in the treated water stored on site, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA’s) latest report covering its independent sampling and analysis work. This is part of its ongoing review to assess the safety related aspects of Japan’s plan to release the treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi NPS into the sea. In line with relevant IAEA international safety standards, Tepco is required to monitor the characteristics and activity of the treated water in order to accurately evaluate public exposure that will result from the discharge and to comply with its national regulatory authorisation.

Date: Saturday, 03 June 2023
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Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has demonstrated its capabilities for accurate and precise measurements of the radionuclides present in the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site, according to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report.

Date: Thursday, 01 June 2023
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Asian nation recently reversed policy on post-Fukushima reactor phaseout US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm and Japan’s industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura during talks in Washington. Courtesy Twitter/@SecGranholm. The US and Japan have agreed to strengthen cooperation on developing and constructing next-generation advanced reactors, including small modular reactors, “within each country and third countries”.

Japan’s industry minister Yasutoshi Nishimura and US energy secretary Jennifer Granholm met in Washington to discuss the situation surrounding global energy security, strengthening clean energy cooperation, and the importance of clean energy transitions, including renewable energies and nuclear energy.

They said in a joint statement that in response to the energy impacts of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan and the US Department of Energy discussed the need for diverse and secure supplies of energy, noting support for investment in the US to improve energy security.

The two governments already announced plans in October to work together on helping Ghana introduce SMR technology. They want to make the African nation a regional SMR hub and deploy a Voygr SMR nuclear power plant developed by US-based NuScale.

Date: Thursday, 12 January 2023
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The IAEA Task Force established to review the safety of Japan’s plans to discharge to the sea contaminated water treated using the Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) stored at the Fukushima Daiichi NPP has released its third report. The new report sets out how the Agency is conducting its own independent checks of key data related to monitoring the safety of the treated water.

Date: Wednesday, 04 January 2023
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Tepco Holdings Co Ltd and Hitachi Zosen Co Ltd (Hitachi Shipbuilding) have set up a joint venture to establish a plant for manufacturing various core products necessary for decommissioning, such as used fuel casks and debris storage containers. The new company, Toso Mirai Manufacturing, was established in April. In order to achieve "a balance between reconstruction and decommissioning”, Tepco is bringing together decommissioning industries in the Hamadori area of Fukushima Prefecture, to develop and manufacture core technologies and products for decommissioning. 

Date: Wednesday, 02 November 2022
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In their latest annual strategic progress report, experts from Japan’s Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF – part of Tokyo Electric Power Corporation - Tepco) proposed that a massive concrete reservoir should be built and filled with water to completely enclose one of the Fukushima Daiichi reactor buildings.

Date: Saturday, 22 October 2022
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USA-based engineering group Jacobs has designed and built a remotely-operated robotic tool to investigate debris in a damaged reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

Date: Thursday, 26 May 2022
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