Maglev challenge both technical, financial

| Sep 30, 2013

Maglev challenge both technical, financial

Central Japan Railway Co.’s project to build a magnetically levitated (maglev) train system re-entered the spotlight Sept. 18 when it unveiled the details of a route scheduled to open between Tokyo and Nagoya by 2027.

Hashimoto's Osaka merger dream in jeopardy

| Sep 30, 2013

Hashimoto's Osaka merger dream in jeopardy

Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) co-leader and Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto was facing a critical battle. And he lost. On Sunday, a candidate fielded by Nippon Ishin lost a local government election for the first time in Osaka Prefecture, the power base ...

Sep 28, 2013

Tepco fixes silt fence at No. 1 plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it has finished repairing the damaged silt fence set up in front of reactors 5 and 6 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to stop radioactive materials escaping into the Pacific. Tepco said Friday it has taken seawater ...

Sep 27, 2013

Tepco raises toxic water estimate to 400 tons a day

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Friday formally revised its groundwater flow simulation and now believes up to 400 tons of contaminated water is seeping into the Pacific every day from the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The previous estimate was about 300 tons ...

Sep 26, 2013

METI official loses post for blog insulting 3/11 victims

A senior trade ministry official has been stripped of his post for writing anonymous blog posts criticizing the government’s commitment to the victims of the March 2011 tsunami and to rebuilding the quake-hit Tohoku region. In a September 2011 entry on his personal blog, ...

Tepco tech chief disputes Abe's 'under control' assertion

Sep 13, 2013

Tepco tech chief disputes Abe's 'under control' assertion

A Tokyo Electric Power Co. executive created a stir Friday by stating that he doesn’t believe the radioactive water leaks at the Fukushima No. 1 plant are under control — contradicting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold assertions in Tokyo’s Olympics presentation in Buenos Aires. ...