Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

Apr 1, 2014

Declining appetites are bigger threat to whaling

The greatest threat to Japan’s whaling industry may not be the environmentalists harassing its ships or the countries demanding its abolishment, but consumers who have lost their appetite for the delicacy. The amount of whale meat stockpiled for lack of buyers has nearly doubled ...

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

Mar 8, 2014

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technologies and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need. With dozens of aging ...

Jan 31, 2014

Firms that made No. 1 plant sued

Some 1,400 people file a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

End-life planning gets Imperial lift

Dec 23, 2013

End-life planning gets Imperial lift

Ever since Emperor Akihito broke a 400-year custom by opting for cremation and a smaller mausoleum, the public has been more engaged in end of life planning than ever.

Secrecy law stirs fear of limits on freedoms

Nov 30, 2013

Secrecy law stirs fear of limits on freedoms

Japan’s more powerful Lower House of approved a state secrecy bill late Tuesday that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak secrets and journalists who seek them, despite criticism the government is making a heavy-handed effort to hide what it’s doing and suppress press ...

U.S. to help with No. 1 shutdown

Nov 2, 2013

U.S. to help with No. 1 shutdown

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will work with the U.S. Department of Energy in decommissioning the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and the relentless on-site accumulation of radioactive water, President Naomi Hirose said. Hirose said he agreed to accept the offer of help during talks ...

End to crisis is years, fortune away

Apr 11, 2011

End to crisis is years, fortune away

Once Japan’s leaky nuclear complex stops spewing radiation and its reactors cool down, making the site safe and removing the ruined equipment is going to be a messy ordeal that could take decades and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Radiation has covered the ...