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Nuke Info Tokyo No. 133
(November/December 2009)


10.3 No Nukes Festa 2009
On October 3, about 7,000 people gathered in the rain in Tokyo for the first national gathering organized by the National Network Against Nuclear Energy since 2003

Kaminoseki NPP: Sea Reclamation Begins
The people of Iwaishima continue their struggle to protect their fishing ground and their lifestyle and in so doing to preserve the biodiversity treasure house of "Japan's Galapagos". Meanwhile, Chugoku Electric has taken them to court to obtain an injunction on the grounds that they are obstructing its business operations.

Genkai-3 First to Begin Long-Delayed Pluthermal Program
Kyushu Electric finished loading MOX fuel on October 17. It is the first time MOX fuel assemblies have been loaded into a Japanese nuclear reactor based on the utilities' pluthermal plans.

KK - 6 & 7: Unresolved Public Mistrust
TEPCO had hoped to begin commercial operation of Units 6 and 7 of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant in November, but it appears increasingly unlikely that it will be able to do so.

Waste Mismanagement at Rokkasho
Just before midnight on October 21 another leak occurred at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant.

Japanese Inventory of Separated Plutonium (2008)
On September 8, the Atomic Energy Commission published Japan's inventory of separated plutonium for the end of 2008

Group Introduction: Osaka Citizens Against the Mihama, Oi and Takahama Nuclear Power Plants
The group is made up of citizens of Osaka and surrounding regions. The head office of Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO), which owns these plants, is located in Osaka.

News Watch
-- MOX Fuel Shipped to Monju
-- Toshiba Certified as Supplier of U.S. ABWR
-- UK Ready to Begin Returning Vitrified Waste
-- Feasibility Study for Vietnamese Nuclear Power Plant
-- Toshiba, Mitsubishi, Hitachi Developing Small Reactors
-- Tsuruga-1 and Mihama-1 to operate beyond 40 years
-- Irregular power output at Mihama-1
-- Tritium released to sea from incorrectly fitted pipe

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