Jan 11, 2016

Japan team improves tunnel inspections

A research team has succeeded in improving a tunnel inspection method that uses lasers, detecting cracks and other flaws under the concrete surface far more rapidly than existing systems. The team, including researchers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the Institute for Laser ...

Aug 24, 2014

Abe cancels visit to landslide-hit Hiroshima

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has canceled his Sunday visit to Hiroshima, apparently to avoid disrupting the search and rescue operation launched after deadly landslides hit the city last week. Abe, who is being criticized for playing golf and vacationing while responding to the disaster, ...

Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

Apr 11, 2014

Falsified inspections suspected at Monju fast-breeder reactor

The operator of the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture is suspected of falsifying an inspection report after regulators later found new pieces of equipment there that hadn’t been inspected, Nuclear Regulation Authority sources said Thursday. The experimental reactor in Tsuruga is run ...

Jan 17, 2014

Firms' tax hike limits face scrutiny

The government said Friday it has started sending inspectors to more than 260 companies suspected of not allowing smaller wholesalers or subcontractors to pass on cost increases stemming from the consumption tax hike in April. The move is based on a survey conducted by ...

Tepco apologizes for botching Abe's name on suit

Sep 20, 2013

Tepco apologizes for botching Abe's name on suit

Red-faced officials issued an apology to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday after misspelling his name on the suit he wore during his second tour of the battered Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Abe was given a specially printed suit to protect him from ...

Emergency inspections of ports planned

Jan 21, 2013

Emergency inspections of ports planned

The infrastructure ministry plans to do emergency checks on more than 500 of the nation’s 4,000 or so port facilities as part of an antiaging project for infrastructure, officials said Saturday. Deep-water piers and breakwaters will be subject to inspections and any problems will ...