Keywords: pyrochemical reprocessing, nuclear reprocessing, Japan, fast breeders reactors, nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear power, nuclear energy, nuclear reactors
Pyrochemical reprocessing developments in Japan: overview and some topics
The latest developments in pyrochemical reprocessing technology in Japan is introduced in view of: the feasibility study FBR system; R&D progress; new projects and funding; basic studies in universities; new experimental facilities. Japanese pyrochemical reprocessing developments are being accelerated as new funding recently has been authorised by the government. While electrorefining of metallic fuels has made significant technological progress, attention has been focused on MOX fuels. Universities have participated in these developments by contributing to the basic studies for molten salt systems. Some critical technical subjects have been clarified, and they are being investigated aggressively by various organisations.