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Nuclear Safety

These articles cover a range of safety issues - accidents, terror response, earthquakes, scandals, etc. - as they relate to the Japanese nuclear industry. (Click here for animated diagrams of nuclear reactors.)

Major Accidents
Earthquakes・Fukushima
Terror Response
General Articles


Other Resources

Major accidents

Articles about JCO Criticality Accident

Articles about Mihama-3 Accident

Citizens' Action in Response to Radiation from Chernobyl - a report about the Japanese response to Chernobyl, written for the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident.

Terror Response

Nuclear energy in Japan since 9.11: summary of responses by government and industry as at 31 March 2005

General articles

Fukushima Nuclear Earthquake Disaster__Updates, statements and links to Ustream videos.

CNIC Public Comment on the Draft Report for the New Regulatory Requirements Screening for the Kansai Electric Power Company’s Takahama Nuclear Power Plant (NIT 164, Jan./Feb. 2014)

Contaminated Water Woes at Fukushima Daiichi; Is Seepage Control Possible Using a “Frozen Earth Barrier”? (NIT 162, Sep./Oct. 2014)

Public Comments for the Draft Report on Compliance of Sendai Nuclear Power Station with the New Regulatory Requirements (NIT 162, Sep./Oct. 2014)

Current State of Post-Accident Operations at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station - October 2013 to April 2014 (NIT 160, July/Aug. 2014)

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, we are hoping to see glimmers of hope (NIT 159, March/April 2014)

Second list of signatures signed by anti-nuclear citizens submitted; total number of signatories rises to 8.38 million (NIT 158, Jan./Feb. 2014)

Japan Congress against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs holds international conferences in Fukushima, Hiroshima and Nagasaki (NIT 156, Sep./Oct. 2013)

Nuclear SafetyReport on the 82nd CNIC Public Research Meeting
What are the Problems with the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s New Safety Standards?
(NIT 155, July/Aug 2013)

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Still too many unknowns about the accident and the current condition of the plant (NIT 154, May/Jun 2013)

The Status of Nuclear Fuel Stored at the Fukushima Daiichi and Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plants (NIT 154, May/Jun 2013)

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Still too many unknowns about the accident and the current condition of the plant (NIT 154, May/Jun 2013)

Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident – Two Years On (NIT 153, Mar/Apr 2013)

An Attempt to Estimate Early-stage Radiation Exposure Dose at the Location of Every Household in Iitate Village, Fukushima (NIT 153, Mar/Apr 2013)

Problems emerge in operations to bring the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident to an end, and in decontamination operations (NIT 153, Mar/Apr 2013)

International Symposium on the Truth of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and the Myth of Nuclear Safety 
                   August 30 & 31, 2012 University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus
(NIT 150, Sep./Oct. 2012)

Report on the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC)
                   ~What kind of panel was the NAIIC, and what was clarified by its investigation?
   (NIT 150, Sep./Oct. 2012)

Events of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant accident (NIT 150, Sep./Oct. 2012)

Clean-up operation at the nuclear accident site at  Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.  (NIT 149, July/Aug 2012)

Aging Nuclear Power Plants focusing in particular on irradiation embrittlement of pressure vessels -2- (NIT 149, July/Aug 2012)

International Symposium on the Truth of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident and the Myth of Nuclear Safety (August 30 & 31, 2012)

Complete Halt of All Nuclear Power Plants in Japan (NIT 148, May/June 2012)

Labor Standards Inspection Office in Yokohama recognizes death of Fukushima nuclear worker as eligible for compensation (NIT 148, May/June 2012)

Aging Nuclear Power Plants focusing in particular on irradiation embrittlement of pressure vessels -1- (NIT 148, May/June 2012)

Fukushima: Current status of nuclear reactors and corium (NIT 147, March/April 2012)

What are the main issues in future discussions on energy policy? (NIT 147, March/April 2012)

My Opinion on Radioactive Disaster Waste (NIT 147, March/April 2012)

The Problem of the Meteorological Research Institute’s Environmental Radiation Research (NIT 147, March/April 2012)

TEPCO will do anything to maintain the 'unforseeable' theory (NIT 143, July/Aug. 2011)

Lax radiation dose calculations continue at Fukushima Nuclear Power Station (NIT 143, July/Aug. 2011)

Reassesment of the geplogical condition of the ground beneath Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPP (NIT 143, July/Aug. 2011)

CNIC Welcomes the Request to Stop All Reactors at Hamaoka NPP (NIT 142, May/June 2011)

The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Evolution of the Crisis and Resulting Radiation Levels (NIT 142, May/June 2011)

Fukushima: Radiation Dispersed over a Wide Area (NIT 142, May/June 2011)

Is TEPCO Serious about Restarting Kashiwazaki-Kariwa-3 within the Year? (NIT 142, May/June 2011)

Explosions at Nuclear Power Plants Tsunami Swanps Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant (NIT 141, March/April 2011)

Statement by Group of Concerned Scientists and Engineers Calling for the Closure of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant (NIT 141, March/April 2011)

Can there be a silver lining? Opinion Article published by Kyodo News, March 28, 2011 by CNIC International Liaison Officer, Philip White (NIT 141, March/April 2011)

Problems with extending the time between periodic inspections (NIT 140, Jan./Feb. 2011)

Problems at KK-3 and KK-7 (NIT 140, Jan./Feb. 2011)

KK-5 Headed Towards Restart, Hamaoka-5 Confronted by the Difficult Problem of Ground Structure (NIT 139, Nov./Dec. 2010)

Three Years Since the Chuetsu-oki Earthquake: "We don't need the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station" (NIT 138, Sep./Oct. 2010)

Major Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Facilities in 2009 Fiscal Year (NIT 137, July/Aug. 2010)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Units 1 and 5 (NIT 137, July/Aug. 2010)

Three Years After the Chuetsu-oki Earthquake hit Niigata Prefecture: We Lament the Rush to Restart the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station (July 16, 2010)

Chugoku Electric's Unbelievable Lack of Awareness of Safety and Quality Control (NIT 136, May/June 2010)

Uprating Nuclear Reactors Reduces Safety (NIT 136, May/June 2010)

KK-1 Moves Closer to Restart (NIT 136, May/June 2010)

Prospects for Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Units 1 and 5 (NIT 135 March/April 2010)

Tsuruga-1 and Mihama-1 to operate beyond 40 years (News Watch, NIT 133, Nov./Dec. 2009)

KK - 6 & 7: Unresolved Public Mistrust (NIT 133, Nov./Dec. 2009)

KK-7 Stopped Due to Radioactive Leak, KK-6 Begins Start-up Tests (NIT 132 September/October 2009)

Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station Struck By Earthquake (NIT 132 September/October 2009)

Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant Struck By Earthquake (14 August 2009)

Major Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Facilities (NIT 131 July/Aug. 2009)

KK Nuclear Power Station 2 Years After the Chuetsu-oki Earthquake (NIT 131 July/Aug. 2009)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Unit 7 Restarted (NIT 130 May/June 2009)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 7 Restart: Statement of Protest (8 May 2009)

Seismic Design of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant: a Historical Perspective, article by Philip White and Yukio Yamaguchi (6 April 2009)

KK-7: to restart or not to restart (NIT 129 March/April 2009)

Shika-2: Unjust Verdict! (NIT 129 March/April 2009)

The Future of Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Unit 7 (NIT 128, Jan./Feb. 2009)

Fuel Loaded into Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Unit 7 (NIT 127 Nov./Dec. 2008)

Serious Crack Found in Ohi-3 Reactor Vessel Nozzle (NIT 126 Sep./Oct. 2008)

Major Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Facilities April 2007 - March 2008 (NIT 125, July/Aug. 2008)

KK Investigation Committees: the Debate Rages On (NIT 125, July/Aug. 2008)

Kashiwazaki- Kariwa NPP: Assessment of the impact of the Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake runs into trouble (NIT 124, May/June 2008)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa: Translation of Japanese leaflet by Group of Concerned Scientists and Engineers Calling for the Closure of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant (English version published in Nuke Info Tokyo 123, March/April 2008)

Scientists, Engineers demand Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant be closed (24 February 2008)

Extension of Time Allowed Between Periodic Inspections of Reactors (NIT 122 Jan./Feb. 2008)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa: some things becoming clearer (NIT 122 Jan./Feb. 2008)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa: Stuck Control Rod and Other Problems (NIT 121 Nov./Dec. 2007)

Hamaoka Verdict: Passing Judgment on the Judge (NIT 121 Nov./Dec. 2007)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Earthquake: Lessons from the Chuetsu-Oki Earthquake (NIT 120 Sep./Oct. 2007)

IAEA Releases Report on Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (NIT 120 Sep./Oct. 2007)

IAEA Releases Report on Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (NIT 120 Sep./Oct. 2007)

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Earthquake: CNIC Report (NIT 119 July/August 2007)

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

Major Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Facilities in FY2006 (NIT 119 July/August 2007)

Nuclear State and Industry: Bottomless Depths of Corruption (NIT 118, May/June 2007)

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

Malpractices at Japanese Nuclear Power Plants: Protest Statement by CNIC (2 April 2007)

"Not Again": Yet Another TEPCO Scandal (NIT 117, March/April 2007)

Shika-1 Uncontrolled Criticality Incident Cover-up (NIT 117, March/April 2007)

Advanced Thermal Reactor Fails Strength Tests (NIT 117, March/April 2007)

The Deepening Puzzle of Steel Used in Reactor Pressure Vessels (NIT 115, Nov./Dec. 2006)

Aging Reactors: Symposium in South Korea (NIT 115, Nov./Dec. 2006)

Hamaoka-5 Low Pressure Turbine Vane Takes Flight (NIT 113, July/Aug. 2006)

Major Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Facilities (NIT 113, July/Aug. 2006)

Shika-2 Verdict Demands Suspension of Operations: report on the Shika-2 verdict and the new draft earthquake design guidelines (NIT 112, May/June 2006)

Shika-2 ruling: 70 NGOs demand suspension of nuclear facilities (30 March 2006)

Damage and cracking in BWR control rods (NIT 111, March/April 2006)

A mobile nuclear reactor comes to Tokyo Bay (NIT 110, Jan/Feb 2006)

Onagawa reactors trip following Miyagi earthquake (NIT 108, Sep./Oct. 2005)

Significant Incidents at Japanese Nuclear Power Plants and Nuclear Fuel Facilities (NIT 107, July/August 2005)

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

Pronounced aging of nuclear power plants (NIT 106, May/June 2005)

Cracks in Ohi-3 and Ikata-1: Companies' Responses (NIT 104, Jan./Feb. 2005)

Earthquake Zone: Earthquakes and Nuclear Safety in Japan (NIT 103, Nov./Dec. 2004)

Cracks in Reactor Vessel Head at Ohi-3 (NIT 101, July/August 2004)

Significant Incidents at Japanese nuclear facilities in 2003 (NIT 101, July/August 2004)

Sloppy Management at Nuclear Facilities (NIT 99, March/April 2004)

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

Looking Back Over a Year of TEPCO Cover-ups (NIT 97, Sep/Oct 2003)

Myth of TEPCO's Power Shortage (NIT 96, July/Aug 2003)

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

Data: Significant Incidents at Nuclear Facilities (NIT 95, May/June 2003)

All 17 of TEPCO's Units Shut Down (NIT 94, March/April 2003)

Revelation of Endless N-damage cover-ups (NIT 92, Nov/Dec 2002)

Fukushima I&II Damage Cover-up Data (NIT 92, Nov/Dec 2002)

Government Agency Proposes 'Defect Standards' (NIT 92, Nov/Dec 2002)

Mechanism of Core Shroud and its function (NIT 92, Nov/Dec 2002)

Insufficient Investigation: Explosion and Leak Accident at Hamaoka Unit-1 (NIT 90, July/Aug 2002)

DATA: Incidents at Nuclear Facilities (NIT 90, July/Aug 2002)

Other resources

Our Radiation Exposure page shows some of the consequences of all this for human health.

Also check back issues of our bi-monthly publication, Nuke Info Tokyo, and our Further articles News page for more articles.



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