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Critics hit nuke power justification

| Apr 16, 2014

Critics hit nuke power justification

The new Basic Energy Plan endorsed last week that underscores the need to continue to use nuclear power, marking an important milestone in energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster started. But the content of the plan still appears open ...

Tepco haunted by mismanagement

| Mar 6, 2014

Tepco haunted by mismanagement

Tepco has been walking a tightrope at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for the last three years, and many of its missteps have been glaring. Having to clean up the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl was never going to be simple or easy, ...

World's 'toughest nuclear safety standards' take effect

| Jul 8, 2013

World's 'toughest nuclear safety standards' take effect

Japan on Monday ushered in what regulators call the world’s toughest safety standards for atomic power plants, determined to prevent another disaster like the March 2011 meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 complex. But the Nuclear Regulation Authority, power utilities and ...

NRA forges new trail in judging reactor risk

May 25, 2013

NRA forges new trail in judging reactor risk

Regulators are in the process of deciding which reactors are sitting on active faults, but the experts involved say there is clearly room for improvement. Fault exams at three nuclear power plants are proceeding in parallel. The first one to be finalized by an ...

Mar 27, 2013

Regional FTA quests playing off each other

Japan is entering a new stage in its pursuit of free-trade agreements as it begins bilateral and multilateral FTA negotiations involving its three major trade partners — the United States, the European Union and China. Just about a week before declaring the launch of ...

A cautious return to nuclear power

Jan 3, 2013

A cautious return to nuclear power

Japan appears to be heading toward a gradual revival of nuclear power generation under a new government supportive of retaining it, but the outlook for the industry in 2013 is unclear, with antinuclear sentiment still lingering among the public amid the disaster at the ...

| Dec 6, 2012

Nuclear foes face election dilemma

Tokyo fashion designer Yasuko Maruko, 44, is an absolute beginner when it comes to becoming a politician, yet she is bidding for a seat in the Diet in the Dec. 16 general election in the hope of steering Japan toward a future without nuclear ...