Kentaro Hamada

For Kentaro Hamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tepco faces mounting legal woes over Fukushima No. 1 meltdowns

Aug 18, 2015

Tepco faces mounting legal woes over Fukushima No. 1 meltdowns

Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster started, and as the country tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, legal challenges against the crippled plant’s operator are mounting. They include a judge’s forced disclosure of a 2008 internal document prepared for managers at Tokyo ...

Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts

Jul 2, 2014

Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts

Keen to restart nuclear power plants three years after the Fukushima disaster, authorities may face an additional hurdle in securing approval — coming up with a cogent evacuation plan in the event of new accidents. The problem has come into focus as procedures for ...

Only a third of nuclear reactors may be restarted

Apr 2, 2014

Only a third of nuclear reactors may be restarted

Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all of Japan’s nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive atomic power as a core part of the nation’s energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back ...