About nuclear power in Japan

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Japan's Nuclear Program

Over four decades have passed since Japan's first commercial nuclear power plant began operation in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1966. As of 2008, Japan has fifty-five reactors operating around the country with a total output of 49,467 megawatts (MW). Nuclear power accounts for approximately one-third of the country's total electric power output.

Nuclear power generation contributes to improved energy sufficiency and to the stability of the energy supply, in addition to playing an important role in reducing Japan's carbon dioxide emissions, according to the japannuclear.com.

The website introduced itself as the official site of the Washington Office of The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan (FEPC).

Location of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan

An overview map of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan 


There are currently 55 operating nuclear power plants in Japan. The ten FEPC member companies own and operate 52 Light Water Reactors (LWR). Three more LWRs are operated by the private company Japan Atomic Power Corporation (JAPC).


The Monju Fast Breeder Reactor (a prototype reactor which was taken off line in the 90's but expected to start up again soon) is run by the semi-governmental organization Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC).


There are also two more nuclear plants currently under construction, as well as another 11 that are in advanced planning stages. One of those reactors in the planning stage will be owned and operated by another semi-private corporation, The Electric Power Development Co, Inc. (EPDC).


Two reactors in Japan, JAPC's Tokai and JNC's Fugen Advanced Thermal Reactor prototype have been permanently closed.


See list of Nuclear Power Plants in Japan next page

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