Gov’t mulls scrapping Monju reactor as restart requires more money

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14:13 29 August 2016

TOKYO, Aug. 29, Kyodo

The government is considering scrapping the trouble-prone Monju fast-breeder reactor after estimating that restarting the reactor requires several hundred billion yen in state funds, sources close to the matter said Monday.

A political decision on decommissioning the experimental reactor could be in sight, with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga joining talks to determine the fate of Monju, which has a longtime track record of safety problems, the sources said.

If realized, decommissioning the reactor will likely mark a major change in the national nuclear fuel-recycle policy, in which Monju is designated to play a key part.

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