Aug 5, 2014

Fukui plant worker caught stealing copper tubing

A 39-year-old employee was arrested in Fukui Prefecture on Monday after being caught trying to steal copper tubing from a metalworking plant he worked at. Manabu Hirabayashi from the city of Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, was caught by police red-handed at the plant along with ...

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, ...