(translation by Mia June)
The Japanese government has abandoned Monju, the 'super-efficient' nuclear reactor, for commercial use but wants to keep it as a research reactor. The government’s 2013 draft budget includes about 289milllion yen (￡196 million), that is 11 million yen less than in the previous year's budget as research expenses for fast-breeder reactor recycling technology. 174million yen (￡118 million) of this sum is assigned to Monju for its maintenance and for security measures in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. The costs of its trial run and the associated preparations will be covered by a supplementary budget if the reactor passes safety tests set by the new Nuclear Power Regulation Agency.