Nuclear Regulation Authority to accept experts who have received donations from nuclear industry
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority decided Wednesday that it will accept outside experts who have received donations from power companies or nuclear power plant makers when the regulatory body listens to opinions on nuclear safety supervision.
Source: JiJi Press
Shizuoka assembly rejects nuke referendum relating to Chubu Electric’s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant
During a debate before voting, a member of the assembly said it would be inappropriate for a referendum to have any influence on national nuclear policy. Another member said the prefecture should give its support to the residents’ desire to have a say.
Professor Katsuhiko Ishibashi, a former member of a government panel on nuclear reactor safety, claimed in 2004 that Hamaoka was ‘considered to be the most dangerous nuclear power plant in Japan’ with the potential to create a genpatsu-shinsai (domino-effect nuclear power plant earthquake disaster).
On May 6th, 2011, Prime Minister Naoto Kan requested the plant be shut down as an earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or higher is estimated 87% likely to hit the area within the next 30 years. Hamaoka is built directly over the subduction zone near the junction of two tectonic plates, and a major Tokai earthquake is said to be overdue.
Chubu Electric Power has not been able to restart the Hamaoka reactors, as the government has expressed concerns that the plant could be overwhelmed by a large tsunami.
Source: The Yomiuri Online
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Japan and India reconfirm importance of civil nuclear cooperation
Japan and India reconfirmed the importance of civil nuclear cooperation, said a joint statement issued after the 6th India-Japan Energy Dialogue between the Planning Commission of India and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
The Indian delegation was led by Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, and Japanese team was headed by Yukio Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
“Based on the experience of the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and the lessons learned from it, both sides confirmed the need to cooperate in enhancing the safety of nuclear power plants,” the joint statement said.
Source: ZeeNews India