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 ...

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Feb 4, 2015

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Two more idled nuclear reactors, in Fukui Prefecture, are set to obtain safety clearance from regulators, sources said, giving another boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive atomic power following the 2011 triple meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. Reactors 3 ...

Sep 9, 2014

Kansai Electric plans to supply power to Tokyo-area condominiums

Kansai Electric Power Co. reportedly plans to begin supplying electricity to condominiums in the Tokyo metropolitan area by forming a capital and business tie-up with a bulk energy provider based in Osaka. Through the alliance with Chuo Electric Power Co., Kansai Electric will aim ...

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

| May 22, 2014

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

by Eric Johnston

Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide. It creates a legal precedent and could fuel resistance to restarts, throwing into question whether the administration of ...

Jan 12, 2014

Nuclear plant restarts on the table

While Japan goes through its first winter season with all of its 50 nuclear power reactors offline, the Nuclear Regulation Authority is considering utility companies' applications to restart 16 reactors under new post-3/11 safety standards.