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Rokkasho and Japan's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Policy

This is CNIC's access point to English information about nuclear activities at Rokkasho Village, located in Aomori Prefecture. There are also links to a few other closely related topics.

Basic Data about Rokkasho Articles about Rokkasho Japan's Reprocessing Policy
Plutonium Stockpiles and Proliferation MOX and Pluthermal Fast Breeder Reactor

Click here for updates on active tests at the Rokkasho reprocessing plant (where they are up to and the problems encountered).

Articles and media releases about Rokkasho

Transportation of the high-level vitrified wastes to Aomori from U.K. (NIT 144, Sep./Oct. 2011)

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

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

Two year delay for Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (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)

Waste Mismanagement at Rokkasho (NIT 133, Nov./Dec. 2009)

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

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

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

Active tests begin at Rokkasho reprocessing plant: a sad day for nuclear non-proliferation (31 March 2006)

Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant: Urgent Appeal (extracts from an appeal issued by 27 Japanese opinion leaders, 23 March 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)

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

Rokkasho uranium trials fail the test (Media Release 17 November 2005)

Japan and internationalization of the nuclear fuel cycle (Media Release 28 October 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)

Statement re Rokkasho at NPT Review Conference, 5 May 2005:
Media Release: Japanese Plutonium Program Threatens Nonproliferation Regime, Warn Nobel Laureates and Other Experts: UN Delegates Told Reprocessing Plant Could Produce Plutonium for 1,000 Nuclear Bombs a Year
Statement: A Call on Japan to Strengthen the NPT by Indefinitely Postponing Operation of the Rokkasho Spent Fuel Reprocessing Plant

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)

International open letter opposing uranium trials at the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant. (13 December 2004)

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

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

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

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

Japan's Reprocessing Policy

Japan's Spent Fuel and Plutonium Management Challenges (Report by International Panel on Fissile Materials, September 2006)

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

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

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

New Nuclear Policy-Planning Council Interim Report: To Reprocess or Not to Reprocess - Four Scenarios (elsewhere translated as Long-Term Nuclear Program Planning Committee)

CNIC Co-Director Hideyuki Ban invited to join the 'Long-Term Nuclear Program', a committee of the Atomic Energy Commission (NIT 101, July/August 2004)

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

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

See also CNIC's News page for the latest news on Rokkasho.


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