Data transmission from Monju reactor stopped
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Data transmission from the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in central Japan has been suspended since early Monday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said.
It was not known immediately whether the trouble was caused in relation to a powerful typhoon that ripped through Japan's mainland on Monday, according to the NRA.
Transmission of reactor monitoring data to the government's Emergency Response Support System stopped before 3 a.m., the NRA said. The NRA is collecting necessary data from the Japan Atomic Energy Agency that operates the reactor.
There are no prospects for restoration of data transmission for now, with the reactor site in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, inaccessible due to mudslides and fallen trees caused by the typhoon, it said.
The Monju reactor has effectively been prohibited from operation because of lax safety management by the operator.
September 16, 2013(Mainichi Japan)