Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Japan planning next-generation nuclear reactor for safety reasons

Japan is planning the development of a fast neutron reactor, as the country gets ready to decommission the Monju nuclear power plant, which last operated in 2010.

The fourth-generation reactor would operate by controlling the rate at which nuclear chain reactions occur and would be a safer option than the current technology, Japanese television network NHK reported Wednesday.

Tokyo's ministry of economy, science agency and state-owned utility are planning to set a schedule for improvements by 2018, according to the report.

The government is also exploring the possibility of securing technology that could handle the sodium used in reactors, while cooperating with countries like France at sites such as the Joyo nuclear reactor in Ibaraki.

The construction and operation of a fast reactor could take about 10 years, according to NHK.

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