Decommissioning aging reactors inevitable, costly

| Apr 6, 2015

Decommissioning aging reactors inevitable, costly

Last month, four utilities announced they would decommission five commercial nuclear reactors that were at least 40 years old, rather than apply for a restart that could extend their operating life another two decades. The news was greeted with a mixture of relief and ...

Mar 26, 2015

Activists seek public hearings in Shiga on Takahama reactor restarts

Anti-nuclear activists on Thursday urged the governor of Shiga Prefecture to hold formal public hearings on the potential economic, social and environmental risks from two reactors in neighboring Fukui Prefecture that are moving toward restart. Representatives of the Citizens’ Commission on Nuclear Energy, a ...

| Mar 14, 2015

Of birds and bugs: journalism in Tokyo and Osaka

One of the first things Tokyoites who relocate to Osaka notice is that, while their favorite mainstream media news source is available in both cities, the tone and often substance of the reporting is different. It’s a cliche among Japan watchers that “Japanese newspapers ...

Mar 5, 2015

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks but pact's future very much in doubt

Japanese and U.S. officials resumed talks Thursday in Tokyo on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, but the outcome of the negotiations remains unclear with political difficulties mounting for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and indications of growing opposition to the deal in the U.S. “We ...

Local Politics: Heading for extinction?

Feb 28, 2015

Local Politics: Heading for extinction?

“All politics is local.” — former U.S. House Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill “Local councilors, in practice, are accountable to nobody. Half of them are self-important busybodies on an ego trip and the other half are in it for what they can get out of ...