Japan’s plutonium stockpile as of the end of 2018 declined by about 1.6 tons from a year earlier to 45.7 tons, reflecting increased plutonium thermal power generation, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. Concerns have grown internationally as Japan possesses a large amount of plutonium which can be converted into nuclear weapons. For thermal power generation, spent fuel from nuclear reactors is reprocessed to extract uranium and plutonium, which is then recycled into fuel called mixed oxide, or MOX.
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