Feb 27, 2015

Takahama assembly to vote on restarting nuclear reactors

by Eric Johnston

The town assembly of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant, will decide by March 20 whether to approve the restart of the plant’s No. 3 and 4 reactors, which recently cleared central government inspections. The decision by ...

Jan 7, 2015

Kepco faces decision on aging Fukui reactors

by Eric Johnston

Kansai Electric Power Co. says it will soon decide the fate of 11 aging reactors, while Japan Atomic Power Co. maintains that the nation’s oldest reactor will not operate beyond 2016 and is likely to be decommissioned. The two utilities conveyed the messages to ...

Dec 3, 2014

Fukui man admits burying his mother, sister in his yard

Police on Wednesday arrested a 53-year-old man from Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, who is initially suspected of burying the bodies of his mother and sister in the yard of his home. Teruhiko Ikemi, a guitar craftsman, has owned up to the allegations, the police said. ...

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 ...