Kanako Takahara

Kanako Takahara is a staff writer who has covered national politics, diplomacy, business and the economy at The Japan Times. A graduate of Sophia University, she is currently a national news editor.

For Kanako Takahara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| May 11, 2011

Hamaoka impact will be far-flung

The decision by Chubu Electric Power Co. to shut down the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture is testament to the long-lasting and far-reaching impact of the March 11 megaquake. In fact, the shutdown, decided Monday, may signal an inevitable shift away from ...

May 5, 2011

Workers set to enter reactor 1 building

Eight workers are scheduled to be the first to enter the reactor 1 building of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since it was ripped apart by a hydrogen blast the day after the March 11 tsunami, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said ...

Tight-lipped Tepco lays bare exclusivity of press clubs

May 3, 2011

Tight-lipped Tepco lays bare exclusivity of press clubs

It was a shocking revelation for a majority of the people in Japan, but maybe not so for major media organizations. Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co., admitted in a news conference on March 30 that on the 11th, the day the ...

May 3, 2011

Diet budgets ¥4 trillion for rebuilding

The Diet enacted a ¥4.15 trillion supplementary budget Monday aimed at funding immediate efforts to rebuild from the March 11 disasters after the House of Councilors unanimously passed it at a plenary session. A separate bill also cleared the Upper House that allows the ...

Evacuation zone to be widened

Apr 23, 2011

Evacuation zone to be widened

Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s government on Friday instructed parts of Fukushima Prefecture outside the 20-km no-go zone around the crippled No. 1 nuclear plant to evacuate by the end of May, saying that cumulative radiation levels may pose a health risk to residents. The ...

Apr 23, 2011

Waterproof camera set to probe pool in No. 4

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will use a waterproof camera to see if the fuel rods in its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant reactor 4′s spent-fuel storage pool are damaged. Tepco hopes to learn the status of the spent fuel, which, along ...

Tepco starts to pump out turbine 2 unit

Apr 20, 2011

Tepco starts to pump out turbine 2 unit

Tokyo Electric Power Co. started Tuesday pumping highly radioactive water at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant’s reactor 2 turbine building into a nearby storage facility, a crucial step toward restoring the reactor’s dedicated cooling system, the government nuclear watchdog said. Because key equipment ...

Apr 19, 2011

Robots detect dangerous spike in reactor 3 radiation

Robots sent in to explore the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have found high radiation levels in three reactor buildings that may seriously hinder efforts to bring the plant under control, Japan’s nuclear watchdog said Monday. On Sunday, two U.S.-made robots checked radiation, temperature ...

Apr 16, 2011

Fuel rod fragments at bottom of vessels

Melted fuel rod fragments have sunk to the bottoms of three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant and could theoretically burn through the pressure vessels if emergency water-pumping operations are seriously disrupted, the Atomic Energy Society of Japan said Friday. If too ...