Aug 29, 2014

Fukui holds nuke disaster drill under revised evacuation plan

Fukui Prefecture will conduct a nuclear disaster drill on Sunday that involves evacuating areas that lie within 30 km of a nuclear power plant. Up to 2,000 residents will take part in the drill, which assumes an accident has occurred at Kansai Electric Power ...

Aug 27, 2014

Police say rumors of foreign looters in Hiroshima unfounded

The Hiroshima Prefectural Police said Wednesday they had no information to substantiate online rumors that foreigners were burglarizing houses in areas of the city hit hardest by last week’s deadly mudslides. No suspects had been arrested on suspicion of burglarizing, as of Tuesday. However, ...

| Aug 16, 2014

Kepco: the monstrous 500-pound gorilla of Kansai

Last month, Chimori Naito, a 91-year-old former vice president at Kansai Electric Power Co., admitted what was hardly a secret but which put the utility under intense media scrutiny. Naito said in a series of interviews with the Asahi Shimbun that he supervised under-the-table ...

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

Aug 16, 2014

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

On Aug. 26, 2011, the same day that Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned after widespread criticism of his handling of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Diet ...