To set up a test and research reactor at the Monju site where the decommissioning was decided

To set up a test and research reactor on the site of “Monju” for decommissioning 12:27 on September 3 The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will develop human resources in the nuclear field on the site of the fast reactor “Monju” in Fukui Prefecture where the decommissioning was decided. We have summarized the policy of creating a small-scale test research reactor for the purpose such as. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has proceeded with a study to create a test research reactor in response to local requests after the decommissioning of the fast reactor “Monju” in Tsuruga City, Fukui Prefecture, which was developed by the government, was decided four years ago. It was.

Then, on the 2nd, we summarized the policy of creating a test and research reactor using neutron beams with a mechanism different from the fast reactor on the hill on the site of Monju.

The output is less than 10,000 kW, which is the same scale as Kyoto University’s research reactor, and it aims to utilize not only the nuclear field but also other fields such as material research and life science.

Since many research reactors at universities are aging, the government wants to make it a core base for research and development and human resource development.

The construction cost is estimated to be about 50 billion yen, and the country will start detailed design from 2022.

Chief Cabinet Secretary “The policy of development will not change.”

At the press conference in the morning, Secretary-General Kan said, “When we decided to abolish “Monju” in December 2016, we will utilize the site of “Monju” in the future to promote future nuclear research and human resource development in Japan. In response to the decision to install a new test and research reactor as a core base to support, yesterday, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology examination committee decided the reactor type of the test and research reactor to be installed and how to proceed with future studies. I explained.

In addition, he said, “For fast reactor development, there will be no change in the policy of advancing development based on the roadmap that defines the development work for the next 10 years.”