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Japan:Nuclear reactor to shut down for inspection + Related News

Friday, August 5, 2011

Laaska News  August 5,2011
Kan to express aim to reduce nuclear power
Nuclear reactor to shut down for inspection


A nuclear reactor at a power plant in Niigata Prefecture, central Japan, will be shut down soon for a regular inspection. As a result, 39 reactors, or over 70 percent out of the total of 54 in the country, will be out of service.

The No.1 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant will reduce power output starting Friday afternoon and stop it entirely early Saturday morning for a 2-month inspection.

It is the first reactor run by the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, to undergo an inspection since the nuclear accident at the Fukushima power plant. After the reactor is shut down, only 3 of the Tokyo-based company’s 17 reactors will be in service.

Another reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant is scheduled for a regular inspection from late August.

TEPCO plans to increase output at its thermal power plants, but is also calling for the continuation of ongoing energy-saving efforts.

Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida has said he won’t decide whether he will agree to restart the reactors until the cause of the accident at the Fukushima plant is disclosed.


Kan to express aim to reduce nuclear power


Prime Minister Naoto Kan will express his resolve to reduce Japan’s dependency on nuclear energy at the August 6th ceremony to mark the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

The prime minister will deliver a speech at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony on Saturday, the 66th anniversary of the bombing.

Kan is expected to call on his country to lead international talks on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation to work toward a world without nuclear arms.

He is also expected to say that the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant caused anxiety around the world, and announce plans to review Japan’s energy policy in total.
In addition, Kan will announce his intention to implement stringent safety measures in operating nuclear power plants.

He will stress that the Fukushima accident is a lesson for mankind, and that it is Japan’s duty to inform people around the world about it.

Regarding the prime minister’s speech at the ceremony, some government officials are against mentioning nuclear power policy. They contend atomic bombs and nuclear power plants are different issues.

But Kan has apparently decided to include nuclear power policy in his speech and emphasize his resolve to reduce dependence on nuclear energy.




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