May 27, 2014

Utility may restart Oi reactors before high court ruling

Kansai Electric Power Co. may restart reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in spite of a district court ruling if the step is approved by the regulator, the government and citizens, the company’s president said Tuesday. Kansai Electric may restart the No. 3 ...

Town woos 'cosplayers' for tourism

May 15, 2014

Town woos 'cosplayers' for tourism

Officials in Minamiechizen, Fukui Prefecture, are accepting applications from “cosplay” aficionados for the town’s third annual dress-up photo shoot. The one-day event, to be held this year on June 8 at the town’s “seiyokan,” or Western-style house, is intended to boost tourism. The house, ...

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

May 9, 2014

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

by Eric Johnston

The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal Friday by Kansai-area citizens who were seeking an injunction to prevent the restart of the Oi No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture. Some 253 residents opposed the restart of the two reactors on safety grounds, ...

Medic passing on nuclear lessons

Apr 7, 2014

Medic passing on nuclear lessons

by Nozomi Iwakiri

Physician Hironobu Tokunaga says it is his mission to pass on the lessons learned from his experience dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns to the younger generation. Tokunaga, 42, was dispatched to Sendai by University of Fukui Hospital as a member of ...

Halal seasoning emulates soy sauce

Mar 30, 2014

Halal seasoning emulates soy sauce

by Yusuke Yano

A soy sauce maker and a food company in Fukui Prefecture, along with Fukui Prefectural University, have jointly developed an alcohol-free soy saucelike seasoning with the aim of marketing it to Muslim consumers at home and abroad. The new seasoning, named Fukumurasaki, has been ...