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Fast Breeder Reactor

MOX and Pluthermal (MOX fuel is nuclear fuel made of a mixture of uranium and plutonium oxides. The term 'pluthermal' refers to the use of plutonium in thermal reactors - i.e. the use of MOX fuel in normal light water reactors as opposed to fast breeder reactors.)

Plutonium Stockpiles and Proliferation

Rokkasho Reprocessing etc. (nuclear activities at Rokkasho Village)

(Also see our Anti-Nuclear News Service page for the latest developments and back issues of our bi-monthly publication, Nuke Info Tokyo, for more articles.)


CNIC Articles and Press Releases

Many, but not all of the articles below are also listed in one or other of the files linked above.

Recent Shifts in Monju Policy
The government is attempting the continued use of Monju for the nominal purpose of reducing the volume of radioactive waste
(NIT158, Jan./Feb. 2014)

MOX fuel should not be loaded into reactors but disposed of as waste (Press Release: 27 June 2013)

Japanese NGO Joint Statement calling for an end to plutonium production and reprocessing (30 April 2012)

Rallies against the Monju Reactor (NIT146, Jan./Feb. 2012)

Monju's Never Ending Problems (NIT 140, Jan./Feb. 2011)

Uranium Enrichment Plant Turns into a Big Waste Dump (NIT 140, Jan./Feb. 2011)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant Update (NIT 140, Jan./Feb. 2011)

Failure to Remove Monju Fuel Relay Device: Long delay expected (NIT 139, Nov./Dec. 2010)

Two year delay for Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 138, Sep./Oct. 2010)

Accident at Monju (NIT 138, Sep./Oct. 2010)

Construction of Interim Spent Fuel Storage Facility Begins (NIT 138, Sep./Oct. 2010)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: Fallen brick retrieved at last! (NIT 137, July/Aug. 2010)

Monju Restart Sets Alarm Bells Ringing (NIT 137, July/Aug. 2010)

Monju Restarted for the First Time in 14 Years (NIT 136, May/June 2010)

Japan to the Rescue of Sellafield MOX Plant (NIT 136, May/June 2010)

2010 Plutonium Utilization Plans and Plutonium Holdings (NIT 136, May/June 2010)

Monju Restart: Letter to Delegates at NPT Review Conference 2010 (May 21, 2010)

Statement of Protest Against Recommencement of Monju Test Operation (May 6, 2010)

Monju Restart: Protestors Send Letter to Owner JAEA (April 19, 2010)

Monju Restart: Appeal By Japanese Scientists (March 23, 2010)

Plutonium Utilization Plans for FY 2010: translation and analysis by CNIC (FEPC, March 15, 2010)

Imminent Monju Restart a Dangerous Gamble (March 5, 2010)

Monju Restart: Like Playing Russian Roulette (NIT 134, Jan/Feb 2010)

Genkai-3 First to Begin Long-Delayed Pluthermal Program (NIT 133, Nov./Dec. 2009)

Genkai-3 Starts Up With MOX Fuel: CNIC Statement of Protest (November 6, 2009)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: 14 Month Delay (NIT 132 September/October 2009)

Worker Radiation Exposure at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 131 July/Aug. 2009)

MOX Fuel Ships Arrive in Japan Amidst Citizen Protest (NIT 130 May/June 2009)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: a never ending series of accidents (NIT 130 May/June 2009)

Stop MOX Shipments! (NIT 129 March/April 2009)

Plutonium Utilization Plans for FY 2009: translation and analysis by CNIC (NIT 129 March/April 2009)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: Leak of 150 Liters HLW in Vitrification Facility (NIT 129 March/April 2009)

Problems with the Production of Glass Canisters at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 128, Jan./Feb. 2009)

Opposition to Dangerous MOX Fuel (NIT 127 Nov./Dec. 2008)

Officials Despair of February Monju Restart (NIT 127 Nov./Dec. 2008)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: Never Ending Vitrification Problems (NIT 127 Nov./Dec. 2008)

Monju Restart Delayed Again (NIT 126 Sep./Oct. 2008)

No Sign of Resumption of Vitrification at Rokkasho (NIT 126 Sep./Oct. 2008)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: Vitrification Problems Continue (NIT 125, July/Aug. 2008)

Full MOX Reactor to Burn Japan's Growing Plutonium Stockpile: Establishment of the Ohma nuclear power plant approved (NIT 124 May/June 2008)

No Sign of Resumption of Vitrification at Rokkasho: (NIT 124 May/June 2008)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: problems with vitrification process (NIT 122 Jan./Feb. 2008)

Rokkasho active tests stopped for one month (NIT 121 Nov./Dec. 2007)

Active Tests Recommence at Rokkasho (NIT 120 Sep./Oct. 2007)

Monju Plant-Confirmation Tests Begin (NIT 120 Sep./Oct. 2007)

Towards Monju Restart (NIT 119, July/August 2007)

Rokkasho Update (NIT 119, July/August 2007) - Increase of spent fuel to be reprocessed during active tests. Fault directly beneath Rokkasho reprocessing plant.

Rokkasho Update: Earthquake safety and criticality design flaws (NIT 118, May/June 2007)

Step 3 of Active Tests Begins at Rokkasho (NIT 117, March/April 2007)

Japan's Plutonium Use Plan for the 2007 Fiscal Year: translation and analysis by CNIC (2 March 2007)

First MOX Powder Produced at Rokkasho (NIT 115, Nov./Dec. 2006)

Call to Abandon Reprocessing as First Plutonium-Uranium Mixed Oxide (MOX) Powder Produced at Rokkasho (17 November 2006)

Exposure to Radiation During Regular Operations of Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 114, Sep./Oct. 2004)

GNEP Expression Of Interest: Japan's Nuclear Industry Clutching at Straws (9 September 2006)

Active Tests at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 113, July/Aug. 2006)

Global Nuclear Energy Partnership and Japan: Statement by Citizens' Nuclear Information Center and Green Action (11 July 2006)

Rokkasho Active Tests: Baku's View - CNIC's Co-Director, Baku Nishio, gives his perspective (NIT 112, May/June 2006)

Rokkasho Active Tests: First Leak (NIT 112, May/June 2006)

FBR Report:a feasibility study for institutional preservation (NIT 112, May/June 2006)

Rokkasho: active tests to begin any day (NIT 111, March/April 2006)

Project to measure radioactivity released from Rokkasho (NIT 111, March/April 2006)

Can safety be assured in the Monju modifications? (NIT 110, Jan/Feb 2006)

Further delays at Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (NIT 109, Nov./Dec. 2005)

Government approves Kyushu Electric's pluthermal plan (NIT 108, Sep./Oct. 2005)

Back-sliding on Monju (NIT 107, July/August 2005)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Facility: another leak from spent fuel pool (NIT 107, July/August 2005)

Report on NPT Review Conference (NIT 106, May/June 2005)

Letter to Prime Minister Koizumi re Rokkasho (21 April 2005)

Rokkasho and Proliferation Revisited (NIT 105, March/April 2005)

International Critical Review on Japanese Long-Term Nuclear Program (NIT 105, March/April 2005)

Nuclear waste that can't keep its cool: problems in high-level waste storage facilities at Rokkasho (NIT 105, March/April 2005)

Uranium Trials Begin at Rokkasho (NIT 104, Jan./Feb. 2005)

Long-Term Nuclear Program Planning Committee Publishes Costs of Nuclear Fuel Cycle (NIT 103, Nov./Dec. 2004)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant Update (NIT 101, July/August 2004)

Pluthermal Developments (NIT 100, May/June 2004)

Japan and Nuclear Proliferation (NIT 99, March/April 2004)

Aircraft crash and Rokkasho (NIT 99, March/April 2004)

Open Debate re Fuel Reprocessing (NIT 98, Nov2003-Feb2004)

Leaks in Rokkasho Spent Fuel Storage Pool (NIT 98, Nov2003-Feb2004)

Developments since Monju Court Decision (NIT 98, Nov2003-Feb2004)

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Plan and Plutonium (NIT 97, Sep/Oct 2003)

Symposium about the Reprocessing Policy (NIT 96, July/Aug 2003)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Facility (NIT 95, May/June 2003)

Japan's reprocessing policy and nuclear proliferation in Asia (NIT 93, Jan/Feb 2003)

Monju ruling at 2003 (NIT 93, Jan/Feb 2003)

TEPCO postponed Plu-thermal plan (NIT 91, Sep/Oct 2002)

MOX Transportation (NIT 90, July/Aug 2002)



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