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September 22, 2017

An IAEA training course was held in the FIHRDC/WERC in the AQUATOM building from 11 to 15 of September 2017 inviting Ms. Abida Khatoon, a private external expert of the IAEA and 10 participants from seven Asian countries. The course was organized as an instructor training course of the Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN). The course focused on the leadership on safety. Responsibilities of operators, regulators and country officials were intensively discussed. The next training course on the same topic is planned to be held again in the next April.


September 7, 2017

On September 2, a city festival, Tsuruga-Masturi started combining with the traditional Kehi-Shrine Shinto Festival. The shrine locates almost 300 m east of the FIHRDC office in the AQUATOM building. Every year, the biggest festival of the Kehi Shrine is held to celebrate the given happiness by the Shinto God from September 2 to 15. Citizens of Tsuruga also enjoy with several kinds of parades shown in the pictures.



August 29, 2017

On August 28, 2017, the Kyusyu Electric Power Company announced its Genkai Unit 3 (PWR, 1.18GW) is expected to be restarted in January 2018. Ohi Units 3&4 (Both PWR, 1.18GW) of the Kansai Electric Power Company are also expected to be restarted in January and March of 2018, respectively. All announcements were released with the applications of pre-service inspections of the units to the NRA submitted on the same day.


August 24, 2017

A beautiful insect Tamamushi visited Nagatani Office of the FIHRDC/WERC last Saturday, August 19 when the WERC was opened for kids as a public communication event in summer holidays. The body color of the Tamamushi changes from dark brown to light green depending on the directions of observers. This is the reason why multi-meaning and superficially friendly answers called in Japanese as “Answers in Tamamushi color”.


August 17, 2017

August 13 through 16 is a traditional holiday duration for most of Japanese. Buddhist parties teach that the duration is URABON’E when people welcome their ancestors who came back from heaven annually, and give good meals for them. Most Japanese come back their hometown and meet their present relatives and ancestors. Usually, at the night of the August 16, people make a small bonfire for farewell to the ancestors who are coming back to heaven. The fireworks and lantern releases to the sea in Tsuruga (Photos below) are an expanded style of the farewell bonfires. Some ten thousands of fireworks and lanterns decorated the seashore of Tsuruga in the evening of the August 16.




August 9, 2017

Typhoon No.5 of 2017 brought much amount of rain to Tsuruga. The water level near the mouth river of the Shonokawa River reached to 3.69 m in the morning of Tuesday, August 8 against the flooding height of 4.5 m. This largest river in Tsuruga flows only 600 m west of the office of FIHRDC/WERC in the AQUATOM building.

Emergency reporting radio receivers worked successfully to help the residents who live near the river. The free radio receiver shown in the photo is distributed to all households from the city office to share emergency responding information including nuclear accidents. The FM wave from a local radio station or regenerated wave from local cable TV line are used for the broadcasting. The radio receiver with rechargeable batteries and LED torch lights automatically switched on in case of emergency.




July 24, 2017

The web site of the FIHRDC/WERC was refurbished on July 21 after almost 3 week reconstruction. Sorry for your inconvenience during the shutdown. Updated information of the FIHRDC/WERC is available on the web site.



July 5, 2017

Takahama Unit 3 of the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) started commercial operation at 17:30 of July 4, 2017. KEPCO received certifications by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) on the completion of the Pre-Service Inspection and the Periodic Governmental Facility Inspection. The Takahama Unit 3 is scheduled to continue its full-power operation till August 3, 2018.

The photo below is decoration at the Tsuruga railway station for the Tanabata festival on July 7. Following a fairy tale, the night is believed as the time for annual dating of the prince star Altair and the princess star Vega across the Milky Way. The wishes written on colored pieces of paper hanged to thin bamboo tree are believed to come true.




June 30, 2017

The FIHRDC/WERC and the Fukui prefectural government support Japanese students who plan to study in the oversea institutes. This year, three students applied to the program and were interviewed at the WERC head office on June 29. They have intentions to study at institutes in Canada, Belgium, and Netherland. Expanding their abilities through their experiences abroad and their future contribution to the nuclear society are strongly expected.



June 19, 2017

Takahama Unit 4 of the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) started commercial operation at 17:00 of June 16, 2017 using uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel. KEPCO received certifications by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) on the completion of the Pre-Service Inspection and the Periodic Governmental Facility Inspection. The operation of Takahama Unit 4 is scheduled till June 3, 2018, despite the 13 months of legally possible continuous operation, avoiding duplication of the next periodic refueling outage with the Unit 3. The Unit 3, which was withdrawn its control rods on June 6, is also expected to restart its commercial operation on July 4 of this year.
Mr. Shigeki Iwane, the President of the KEPCO has expressed his plan to apply the price cutting of electricity to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) when both of Units 3 and 4 of Takahama start their commercial operation.




June 15, 2017

Islands of Japan are covered with warm pacific anticyclone in summer. When the anticyclone expands in the term from early June to late July, airstream with lot of moisture flows into the peripheral area of the anticyclone and causes the rainy season of Japan. Hydrangea or Ajisai in Japanese is a symbolic flower of Japanese rainy season. The follows are photos of hydrangea taken at the Atago Shrine within 10 minutes’ walk distance from the office of FIHRDC/WERC in the AQUATOM building.
Mr. Shigeki Iwane, the President of the KEPCO has expressed his plan to apply the price cutting of electricity to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) when both of Units 3 and 4 of Takahama start their commercial operation.





June 7, 2017

Kansai Electric Power Co., Ltd. (KEPCO) restarted Takahama unit 3 at 2:00 pm of June 6, 2017. The unit 3 reached criticality at 2:30 am of June 7, and is expected to be connected to the grid in the afternoon of June 9. Commercial operation of the unit 3 is scheduled to be started in early July after completion of the pre-service inspection by the NRA.
The KEPCO intends to operate Takahama units 3&4 and Ohi units 3&4 within this year.




May 29, 2017

The Second Coordination Meeting on IAEA TC Regional Project RAS/0/075 Networking for Nuclear Education, Training, and Outreach Programme in Nuclear Science and Technology in the Framework of ANENT (Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology)




May 26, 2017

Takahama Unit 4 of the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (KEPCO) started commercial operation at 17:00 of June 16, 2017 using uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel. KEPCO received certifications by the Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) on the completion of the Pre-Service Inspection and the Periodic Governmental Facility Inspection. On May 24, 2017, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan approved the application for the restart of Ohi Units 3&4 of the Kansai Electric Power Co., LTD. (KEPCO) meeting the reinforced new regulation standard established after the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi NPPs.
KEPCO intends to restart the Ohi Units 3&4 after this autumn completing the approval of the detailed construction plan and preservice inspection by the NRA and obtaining consensus of local governments of Fukui Prefecture and Ohi Town.




May 19, 2017

Takahama Unit 4 started its operation at 5 pm of May 17, 2017 and reached criticality on May 18. It is expected to be connected to the grid on May 22. After several inspections by the NRA the commercial operation will be started in middle of June.
KEPCO intends to restart the Ohi Units 3&4 after this autumn completing the approval of the detailed construction plan and preservice inspection by the NRA and obtaining consensus of local governments of Fukui Prefecture and Ohi Town.




May 12, 2017

The term of April 29 through May 7 was so called Golden Week in Japan. Many national holidays are in the Golden Week: April 29 is the birthday of the former Tenno; May 3 Constitution day; May 4 Green’s day; and May 5 Children’s day. Traditionally, May 5 is the day for boys celebrating their future success. Following an old Chinese fairytale, which says a carp jumping up against a water fall changed to a dragon, many Japanese fathers or grandfathers wave big cloth-made carp in their garden around the Children’s day. The photo is a typical set of the carp, Koinobori, in beautiful sky of late Japanese spring taken by Ms. Ojima at her hometown.

Takahama Unit 4 is now under preparation for their restart scheduled in the next week.




April 26, 2017

Mr. Yoshinori Yamaguchi, the Governor of the Saga Prefecture expressed his consent to restart the Genkai units 3&4 at a press meeting on April 24, 2017. This means the agreement of the local government on the restart of Genkai units 3&4 is completed. The NPPs are expected to restart in this summer in the earliest case.
The Saga prefectural government have gathered opinions of residents through public meetings and mayors of municipalities since January when the national government requested the prefecture to accept the restart of the NPPs. The governor decided to make consent following the conclusion of the local assemblies on acceptance of the restart.
The Governor, Mr. Yamaguchi asked the four mayors for their understanding, who expressed their position against the restart, mentioning his attitude to the Genkai NPPs on a safety prioritized manner.



April 21, 2017

Mr. Yoshinori Yamaguchi, the Governor of the Saga Prefecture visited the Genkai NPP on April 19, 2017 to confirm the safety of the Genkai units 3 and 4. Mr. Yamaguchi is having a meeting with Mr. Hiroshige Seko, the Minister of Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI) on April 22 to exchange their opinions. It is anticipated that Mr. Yamaguchi is making a consent to restart the Genkai units 3 and 4 by the end of April.
Genkai is expected to be the forth site which was given the consent of local government to restart following Sendai units 1&2 in Kagoshima Prefecture, Ikata unit 3 in Ehime Prefecture and Takahama units 1 through 4 in Fukui Prefecture.
Takahama units 3 & 4 and Genkai units 3 & 4 are trying to restart by this summer.




April 14, 2017

Sakura is fully in bloom in Tsuruga City this week. The FIHRDC had a welcome and farewell party for its staff. Ms. Ojima joined in and Mr. Ashida and Mr. Yamamoto left.
Japanese fiscal year starts in April 1st probably because Sakura blooms out in very late March or early April and falls in a few week like a signal gun throughout Japan. The FIHRDC/WERC also has just started with new members to organize fruitful training courses and meetings in JFY 2017.




April 7, 2017

Ms. Mikiko OJIMA joined the FIHRDC/WERC on April 3 substituting with Mr. Asataro ASHIDA who went back to the JAEA end March. Ms. Ojima has responsibility to organize and implement the training courses of Nuclear Plant Safety (NPS), Nuclear Energy Officials (NEO), Site Preparation & Public Relation (SPPR), Nuclear Safety Bases (NSB) and Public Acceptance (PA) in close collaboration with Mr. Hoshide. Ms. Ojima is also maintaining this Facebook page of the FIHRDC substituting with Mr. Kumazaki. Cherry trees in Tsuruga City are still waiting to bloom out in this week. Hopefully next week, FIHRDC/WERC can provide you pictures of Sakura around its new office.




What is FIHRDC

The Fukui International Human Resources Development Center for Atomic Energy (FIHRDC), founded in April 2011 in Fukui, has intension to be a focal point of nuclear human resource development (HRD) in Japan. To achieve this goal, FIHRDC has established close cooperation with not only many research institutes and training centers in the Fukui Prefecture but also universities and other organizations in its neighboring regions: Kansai and Chukyo. The activities of the center always aim to contribute to nuclear safety and HRD in the world through fostering competent human resources to meet needs from home and abroad.

Energy Research and Development Centralization Plan

The Fukui Prefectural Government established the Energy Research and Development Centralization Plan (ERDCP) in March 2005 to realize a self-reliant cooperation between the region and nuclear organizations. Utilizing the very specific features of the prefecture with various types of 15 reactors in Reinan (the south region of the prefecture), the ERDCP aimed to make the region to be a center of research activities on nuclear power.
      The FIHRDC was also established as a part of the activities of the ERDCP.

Nuclear power plants in Fukui and Japan

Nuclear HRD facilities in Fukui

Network of FIHRDC