Jan 30, 2016

Takahama plant's No. 3 reactor reaches criticality

The No. 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture reached criticality Saturday morning following its reactivation the previous afternoon, Kansai Electric Power Co. said. The self-sustained fission reaction started at 6 a.m., according to Kepco, which serves western Japan. The reboot ...

Fukui cafe targets air gun fans

Jan 18, 2016

Fukui cafe targets air gun fans

A cafe in Fukui Prefecture that allows customers to shoot airsoft guns is becoming increasingly popular with women. Out of 2,000 members at Shooting Cafe Rock On, roughly 30 percent are female, with many visitors apparently getting hooked on the toy guns and purchasing ...

Dec 26, 2015

NRA targeted in second lawsuit against Monju reactor experiment

Residents near the experimental Monju fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, are suing the Nuclear Regulation Authority to have the installation permit canceled. On Friday, 106 people in 12 prefectures who live within 250 km of Monju filed suit at the Tokyo District Court, ...

Fukui governor OKs reactor restarts at Takahama plant

Dec 22, 2015

Fukui governor OKs reactor restarts at Takahama plant

Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa gave the go-ahead Tuesday for Kansai Electric Power Co. to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at its Takahama plant on the Sea of Japan coast. The utility is looking to restart unit 3 in late January and ...

Dec 16, 2015

Evacuation plan compiled for residents around Takahama nuclear plant

The Cabinet Office and three western prefectures finalized an evacuation plan Wednesday for residents living within 30 kilometers of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s idled Takahama nuclear plant. The proposal is expected to be approved on Friday by the Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Commission that is ...

Science minister inspects troubled Monju nuclear reactor

Dec 2, 2015

Science minister inspects troubled Monju nuclear reactor

Science and technology minister Hiroshi Hase inspected the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor on Wednesday after nuclear regulators last month asked his ministry to change the facility’s operator following a series of safety lapses. Ahead of the visit to the reactor, operated by the ...

Nov 26, 2015

Japanese piling industry leader unveils data manipulation

Mitani Sekisan Co. said Thursday that it has discovered piling work data manipulation in one of some 350 building projects it reviewed in response to requests from clients and construction firms following the recent revelation by other companies of similar irregularities, which have shocked ...