Greater attention has been paid to the effective use of nuclear energy as the prevention of global warming becomes a pressing global issue. Nuclear energy accounts for almost 30% of all electricity production in Japan, which lacks abundant natural resources. It is seen as an important source of energy as Japan aims to become a low-carbon society. The mission of GNF-J is to ensure the stable supply of clean energy for future generations and to protect the global environment.
Japan Nuclear Fuel Co., Ltd. (JNF), the predecessor of Global Nuclear Fuel – Japan Co., Ltd. (GNF-J), started operation here in Kurihama in 1967 as a nuclear fuel manufacturing joint venture among General Electric Company (US), Toshiba Corporation and Hitachi Limited. Since it began supplying the first domestically produced nuclear fuel in 1971, GNF-J, a pioneer nuclear fuel manufacturer, has delivered more than 70,000 fuel bundles to various nuclear power plants across the country and contributed to the stable supply of energy in Japan. On January 1, 2000, the sales, design and development operations were transferred from the three joint venture partners to JNF and JNF made a new start as a GE group company, later changing its name to GNF-J, by offering core management services as well as handling MOX fuel design and quality control. Global Nuclear Fuel – Americas, LLC (GNF-A), located in North Carolina, USA, also supplies fuel and provides peripheral technology in the U.S. and around the globe. Based in the U.S. and Japan, GNF takes advantage of the global scale of its business activities.
Back in 1967 when GNF-J was founded as JNF, the area surrounding its facilities was mostly farmland but this is now a residential area. It is no exaggeration to say that GNF-J is running its business operation in the local community. Therefore, it is important that we remain fully aware of our social responsibility as a business that is involved in nuclear energy, and give priority to safety in our operation and maintain open communication with the local community. We will continue to strive to deliver high quality products and services.