- Advanced thermal reactor systems abandoned. // Modern Power Systems;Oct95, Vol. 15 Issue 10, p3
Reports on Japan's abandonment of plans to build an advanced thermal reactor (ATR) due to an increase in project cost. Transitional stage in Japan's projected move from conventional nuclear power plants to plutonium producing fast breeder reactors.
- Tokai nuclear station first to close in Japan. // Modern Power Systems;Aug96, Vol. 16 Issue 8, p7
Announces the closure of the Tokai nuclear power station in Japan by March 1998.
- Metal rod plunges reactor into chaos. // New Scientist;10/10/92, Vol. 136 Issue 1842, p8
Reveals that simultaneous failure of three pumps at a Japanese nuclear power plant last week forced the automatic emergency core cooling system into operation and led to a rapid shutdown. Description of the incident at Okuma; Most serious nuclear emergency in Japan since an accident last...
- Japan seeks plutonium power for the 1990s. Swinbanks, D. // Nature;4/26/1990, Vol. 344 Issue 6269, p804
Reports that Japan wants to import plutonium from Europe in the early 1990s. Washington-based Nuclear Control Institute sees no need for imports before 1998; Japan needs plutonium for new reactors; Fears that supplies will run short.
- Anatomy of an accident. Swinbanks, D. // Nature;11/28/1991, Vol. 354 Issue 6351, p259
Reveals the contents of a final report on the February 1991 nuclear power accident at Japan's Mihama plant by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Human error, defective technology, inadequate inspection procedures and lack of emergency instructions the cause.
- Yen melts down opposition. Swinbanks, D. // Nature;5/24/1990, Vol. 345 Issue 6273, p285
Reveals that most of the local opposition to Japan's nuclear complex in Rokkasho village has been removed due to huge amounts of money brought in by the project. Plans for a plant for the enrichment of uranium, low-level waste storage, and facilities for reprocessing spent fuel.
- Political fallout anticipated. Swinbanks, D. // Nature;2/21/1991, Vol. 349 Issue 6311, p644
States that the emergency shutdown of the number two reactor of Japan's Mihama nuclear power plant is the most serious accident ever in the history of Japanese nuclear power. There were only small releases of radioactivity into the local environment. INSET: PR blunders, by D.S..
- Emergency shutdown of oldest reactor. Swinbanks, D. // Nature;2/14/1991, Vol. 349 Issue 6310, p557
Reports that a leak in the primary cooling system in the Mihama nuclear plant in Japan triggered operation of an emergency cooling system that shut down the reactor. The plant is more than 20 years old and the emergency has added to the growing anti-nuclear movement.
- Japanese nuclear safety report marred by leak. // International Power Generation;May2002, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p4
Reports the improvement of the safety record of nuclear power plants according to the Nuclear Safety Commission in Japan.