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Promoting nuclear fuel cycle and ensuring nuclear non-proliferation/nuclear security

Tamai, Hiroshi; Mochiji, Toshiro; Senzaki, Masao*; Iwamoto, Tomonori*; Ishiguro, Yuzuru*; Kitade, Yuta; Sato, Heigo*; Suehiro, Rie*; Taniguchi, Tomihiro*; Fukasawa, Tetsuo*; et al.

Dai-41-Kai Nihon Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Nenji Taikai Kaigi Rombunshu (Internet), 4 Pages, 2020/11

In light of recent delay of plutonium use in Japan and the increasing criticism of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security in the nuclear fuel cycle, the validity of these criticisms will be examined for the sustainable development of the nuclear fuel cycle policy. Issues on the view point of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security are examined.

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Improvement of detection limit in differential die-away analysis system for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security

Ozu, Akira; Maeda, Makoto; Komeda, Masao; Toh, Yosuke

Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (IEEE NSS/MIC 2019), Vol.1, p.101 - 104, 2020/08

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Summary of questions and answers part of the 2018 Japan Society of International Law (JSIL) Annual Conference's Session 1; The 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and Nuclear Disarmament

Nakanishi, Hiroaki; Nakasone, Suguru*

Kokusaiho Gaiko Zasshi, 117(3), p.642 - 643, 2018/11

Summary of questions and answers part of the 2018 Japan Society of International Law (JSIL) Annual Conference's Session 1: The 50th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and Nuclear Disarmament

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A Study on the tendencies on the member states from which Broader Conclusion (BC) has been drawn and on those from which BC has not been drawn yet by the International Atomic Energy Agency; Extracting possible requirements for drawing the BC

Nakanishi, Hiroaki; Kimura, Takashi; Shimizu, Ryo; Kitade, Yuta; Tazaki, Makiko; Tamai, Hiroshi; Suda, Kazunori

Nihon Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Dai-39-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2018/11

To extract the possible requirements for the Broader Conclusion (BC) drawn by the IAEA in the Member States, this study is to conduct the comparative analysis of the tendencies on the Member States from which the BC has been drawn and those from which the BC has not been drawn yet.

Journal Articles

Summary of research result of State Level Concept (SLC)

Kimura, Takashi; Tazaki, Makiko; Kitade, Yuta; Shimizu, Ryo; Tamai, Hiroshi; Nakanishi, Hiroaki; Suda, Kazunori

Nihon Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Dai-39-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 5 Pages, 2018/11

This is the summary of research result of State Level Concept (SLC) which has been developed and conducted by the IAEA and a major purpose of the research reported here is to promote the nuclear operator's understandings for the importance of Broder Conclusion drawn continuously by the IAEA under SLC.

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Study on elements of establishing the regional safeguards

Kitade, Yuta; Tamai, Hiroshi; Tazaki, Makiko; Shimizu, Ryo; Kimura, Takashi; Nakanishi, Hiroaki; Suda, Kazunori

Nihon Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Dai-39-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2018/11

Regional Safeguards is considered as one of the measures for strengthening IAEA safeguards and its concept is recognized at NPT Review Conference and also NSG Guidelines amended in 2011. This Study examines the elements for the proper establishment of Regional Safeguards.

Journal Articles

Development of active neutron NDA techniques for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear security, 1; Performance evaluation of Next-Generation DDA technique

Ozu, Akira; Maeda, Makoto; Komeda, Masao; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Toh, Yosuke

Nihon Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Dai-38-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2018/04

no abstracts in English

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Consideration on UK Withdrawal from EURATOM

Tamai, Hiroshi; Tazaki, Makiko; Kitade, Yuta; Shimizu, Ryo; Suda, Kazunori

Nihon Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Dai-38-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 6 Pages, 2018/04

The United Kingdom, UK, in March 2017, notified the withdrawal from the European Union, EU. Since EURATOM is managed by the same organisation of EU, the withdrawal from EURATOM is considered to be unavoidable. UK has to define the regulation for the measures covered by EURATOM which include the implementing safeguards in the civil UK nuclear facilities and the nuclear cooperation agreements between EURATOM and third nations. UK experts recognise that such re-arrangements within 2-years are very tough hurdle, so that some alternative measures are proposed by industry side. For peaceful nuclear use in Japan, hindrances on the smooth transfers of nuclear materials and equipment between UK are concerned. This paper will discuss the UK withdrawal from EURATOM focused on the UK's correspondence and the potential influence on cooperation with Japan in view of nuclear non-proliferation.

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Field test and evaluation of $$^{3}$$He replacement technologies; Development of HLNB counter

Tanigawa, Masafumi; Mukai, Yasunobu; Nakamura, Hironobu; Kurita, Tsutomu; Henzlova, D.*; Menlove, H. O.*

Dai-37-Kai Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai Nippon Shibu Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (CD-ROM), 9 Pages, 2017/02

no abstracts in English

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Development of alternative $$^3$$He NDA detector system

Koizumi, Mitsuo; Sakasai, Kaoru; Kureta, Masatoshi; Nakamura, Hironobu

Nippon Genshiryoku Gakkai-Shi, 58(11), p.642 - 646, 2016/11

no abstracts in English

Journal Articles

Development of sample assay system equipped with $$^{3}$$He Alternative Neutron Detectors (ASAS), 1; Design and fabrication of ASAS detector

Ozu, Akira; Tobita, Hiroshi; Kureta, Masatoshi; Tanigawa, Masafumi; Mukai, Yasunobu; Nakamichi, Hideo; Nakamura, Hironobu; Kurita, Tsutomu; Seya, Michio

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-36-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2015/12

Against the background of the serious shortage of $$^{3}$$He gas, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has newly developed an alternative ZnS ceramic scintillation neutron detector for the safeguards, with the support of the government (MEXT). A demonstrator of plutonium inventory sample assay system (ASAS) has been also developed as an alternative HLNCC (High Level Neutron Coincidence Counter). The results from numerical simulations using Monte-Carlo code MCNPX showed that the fundamental performances of ASAS equipped with the 24 alternative neutron detectors, such as neutron detection efficiency and die-away time, equal to or higher than those of conventional HLNCC could be obtained. Here we present the inner mechanical structure of ASAS, together with the results of the simulating design.

JAEA Reports

Environmental sampling from the hot cell in the Tokai Reprocessing Plant for safeguards

Yamamoto, Masahiko; Mori, Eito; Surugaya, Naoki

JAEA-Technology 2015-024, 19 Pages, 2015/09


Environmental Sampling from the hot cell in the Operating Testing Laboratory (OTL) of the Tokai Reprocessing Plant is implemented as an inspection of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the first time. The specified sampling place requested from IAEA inspector is a device inside the hot cell. Since it is expected to be highly radioactive, the dose rates of samples and inside the hot cell are evaluated in advance. Also, the threshold dose rates of samples are determined. Subsequently, the sampling procedure describing radiation protection has been prepared. The environmental sampling from OTL hot cell is safely performed in accordance with the procedure and the radioactivity of sample is measured. The samples are categorized as Excepted Package according to the transport regulation and are transported to Safeguards Analytical Services of IAEA.

Journal Articles

JAEA-JRC collaboration on the development of active neutron NDA techniques

Kureta, Masatoshi; Koizumi, Mitsuo; Ozu, Akira; Furutaka, Kazuyoshi; Tsuchiya, Takahiro*; Seya, Michio; Harada, Hideo; Abousahl, S.*; Heyse, J.*; Kopecky, S.*; et al.

Proceedings of 37th ESARDA Annual Meeting (Internet), p.111 - 120, 2015/08

The JAEA has just started the new program "Development of active neutron NDA techniques" collaborating with EC-JRC. The final purpose of this program is to establish the measurement techniques for the high radioactive special nuclear material such as MA-Pu fuel for transmutation of minor actinide and for nuclear security applications. In this program, JAEA will conduct the R&D on active neutron non-destructive measurement techniques, DDA, NRTA, PGA/NRCA and DGS.

Journal Articles

Improved holdup blender assay system (IBAS) slope validation measurements to improve nuclear material accountancy of high alpha holdup

LaFleur, A. M.*; Nakamura, Hironobu; Menlove, H. O.*; Mukai, Yasunobu; Swinhoe, M. T.*; Marlow, J. B.*; Kurita, Tsutomu

Proceedings of 37th ESARDA Annual Meeting (Internet), p.435 - 441, 2015/08

The IBAS (Improved Holdup Blender Assay System) system for safeguards and nuclear material accountancy (NMA) of holdup measurements is used at PCDF. The purpose of this detector is to measure the doubles rate from each glovebox in order to determine the mass of Pu holdup. In order to establish calibration curves for the IBAS detector and improve the holdup measurement methodology, JAEA conducted the IBAS calibration exercise with LANL support using MOX standards in 2010. In 2011, a cleanout exercise was performed and the results showed that the holdup removed from the glovebox had a significantly higher alpha term (alpha = 15.8 - 31.5) than the MOX standards (alpha = 0.67) used to establish the 2010 calibration curves. To further investigate these findings, JAEA conducted slope validation measurements in 2013 to confirm the validity of IBAS calibration slopes for the case of high alpha holdup. This paper describes the IBAS slope validation tests, analysis of the experimental results, and the evaluation of the need for a correction factor for the high alpha holdup. Quantifying the alpha term of the holdup in each glove box and understanding how this value changes over time is important to improving the overall NMA at PCDF. The results from this work will provide invaluable experimental data that directly supports safeguards and NMA measurements of plutonium holdup in gloveboxes.

Journal Articles

Addressing training needs of security and safeguards implementation officers at nuclear facilities

Vidaurre, J.; Noro, Naoko; Matsuzawa, Reina; Miyaji, Noriko

Proceedings of INMM 56th Annual Meeting (Internet), 10 Pages, 2015/07

Officers at nuclear facilities have substantial responsibilities in the management of nuclear materials: They have to assure that nuclear material is properly controlled and accounted for; they need to detect and deter unauthorized access and removal of nuclear material and protect it from an insider or an outsider threat. At the same time, they need to comply with their State's commitments on nuclear nonproliferation that uses nuclear material accountancy as a fundamental verification measure. To perform such a variety of tasks, facility officers responsible for safeguards and security require a set of Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes commensurate with their responsibilities and tasks. To address this needs, the IAEA and its Member States have conducted a series of training courses, the vast majority of which were targeted to regulatory authorities on safeguards or nuclear material accountancy topics. There are few courses dedicated to facility officers or operators addressing holistically their security and safeguards requirements. This paper analyses the evolution of training courses for authorities and facility personnel in a changing environment from nuclear nonproliferation focused-era to the current broader approach encompassing safeguards and security. Then it recalls some conceptual developments of the recent past and attempts to justify a change in direction on the focus of Member State's training. Finally, it brings some specific proposals towards strengthening and increasing security and safeguards training in Nuclear Material Accountancy and Control relevant to the tasks and responsibilities of safeguards and security practitioners at the facility level.

Journal Articles

Basic technology development of advanced non-destructive detection / Measurement of nuclear material for nuclear security and nuclear nonproliferation

Seya, Michio; Naoi, Yosuke; Kobayashi, Naoki; Nakamura, Takahisa; Hajima, Ryoichi; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Kureta, Masatoshi; Nakamura, Hironobu; Harada, Hideo

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Gakkai (INMM) Nippon Shibu Dai-35-Kai Nenji Taikai Rombunshu (Internet), 9 Pages, 2015/01

The Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) has been conducting (based on collaborations with JAEA other centers) the following basic technology development programs of advanced non-destructive detection/measurement of nuclear material for nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation. (1) The demonstration test of the Pu-NDA system for spent fuel assembly using PNAR and SINRD (JAEA/USDOE(LANL) collaboration, completed in JFY2013), (2) Basic development of NDA technologies using laser Compton scattered $$gamma$$-rays (Demonstration of an intense mono-energetic $$gamma$$-ray source), (3) Development of alternative to He-3 neutron detection technology, (4) Development of neutron resonance densitometry (JAEA/JRC collaboration)This paper introduces above programs.

Journal Articles

Development and demonstration of a Pu NDA system using ZnS/$$^{10}$$B$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ ceramic scintillator detectors

Nakamura, Hironobu; Ozu, Akira; Kobayashi, Nozomi*; Mukai, Yasunobu; Sakasai, Kaoru; Nakamura, Tatsuya; Soyama, Kazuhiko; Kureta, Masatoshi; Kurita, Tsutomu; Seya, Michio

Proceedings of INMM 55th Annual Meeting (Internet), 9 Pages, 2014/07

To establish an alternative technique of He-3 neutron detector that is used for nuclear material accountancy and safeguards, we have started an R&D project to develop a new type of neutron detector (Pu NDA system) using ZnS/$$^{10}$$B$$_{2}$$O$$_{3}$$ ceramic scintillator with support of Japanese government. The design of the alternative system (ASAS: Alternative Sample Assay System) is basically referenced from INVS (INVentory Sample assay system) which is passive neutron assay system of plutonium and has total 18 He-3 tubes (about 42% of counting efficiency), and the small amount of Pu in the MOX powder or Pu nitrate solution in a vial can be measured. In order to establish the technology and performance after the fabrication of the new detector progresses, we are planning to conduct demonstration activity in the early 2015 experimentally. The demonstration activity implements the confirmation of reproducibility about sample positioning, optimization of detector parameters, counting statistical uncertainty, stability (temperature and $$gamma$$-ray change) check and figure of merit (FOM) using check source and actual MOX powder. In addition to that, performance comparison between current INVS and the ASAS are also conducted. In this paper, we present some analytical study results using a Monte-Carlo simulation code (MCNP), entire ASAS design and demonstration plan to prove technology and performance.

Journal Articles

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)'s international capacity building regarding safeguards and SSAC; 20 years of achievement and future challenges

Senzaki, Masao; Naoi, Yosuke; Kuribayashi, Toshihiro; Hamada, Kazuko; Okumura, Yukiko

Proceedings of INMM 55th Annual Meeting (Internet), 10 Pages, 2014/07

JAEA has supported to HRD of mainly Asian countries in the field of SGs and SSAC, and works closely with governmental organizations in Japan, and with the IAEA, the U.S. DOE, EC, the flame work of FNCA, APSN. This paper presents the efforts, contributions and future challenges of JAEA to HRD regarding SGs and SSAC, through international cooperation, which have been taking place for around 20 years.

Journal Articles

Evaluation of light transport property in alternative He-3 neutron detectors using ceramic scintillators by a ray-tracing simulation

Ozu, Akira; Takase, Misao*; Kurata, Noritaka*; Kobayashi, Nozomi*; Tobita, Hiroshi; Haruyama, Mitsuo; Kureta, Masatoshi; Nakamura, Tatsuya; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; To, Kentaro; et al.

Proceedings of 2014 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference; 21st International Symposium on Room-Temperature Semiconductor X-ray and $$gamma$$-ray detectors (NSS/MIC 2014), 5 Pages, 2014/00

In Japan Atomic Energy Agency, the helium-3 alternative neutron detector using ceramic scintillators for nuclear safeguards is under development with the support of the government. The alternative detector module consists of four components: an aluminum regular square tube, a light reflecting foil put on the inner surface of the square tube, a rectangular scintillator sheet sintered on a glass plate, and two PMTs provided at both ends of the tube. The scintillator sheet is fit on the diagonal inside the square tube. The light transport property of scintillator lights inside the tube influences on the fundamental performance of the alternative detector. Therefore, the properties of the lights emitted on the surface of the scintillator sheet and scintillation lights passing through the glass plate to the PMTs in several arrangements of the scintillator in the tubes were investigated with a ray-tracing simulation. The results are described in comparison with the experimental results.

Journal Articles

Report for 46th INMM annual meeting and visit to nuclear research institutes in USA

Magara, Masaaki

Kaku Busshitsu Kanri Senta Nyusu, 34(11), P. 18, 2005/11

no abstracts in English

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