Sep 14, 2014

Economic realities of old reactors

Reports that power companies are considering decommissioning older nuclear power reactors indicate that they are selectively weighing the costs of their meeting safety criteria that has been tightened in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima.

Hakodate sues to halt reactor project in Aomori

Jul 4, 2014

Hakodate sues to halt reactor project in Aomori

The city of Hakodate, Hokkaido, is seeking a court injunction to prevent a nuclear plant from being built as suspicions continue to run deep about the central government’s ability to safely regulate atomic power three years after the Fukushima disaster began. Hakodate Mayor Toshiki ...

Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine's Chernobyl factor

by Bennett Ramberg

Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country's reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.

Ibaraki to change nuke tax amid shutdown

Nov 14, 2013

Ibaraki to change nuke tax amid shutdown

The Ibaraki Prefectural Government plans to change its nuclear fuel tax system to secure revenue even though reactors remain shut down in light of the Fukushima disaster, sources said Thursday. With the change, the prefecture expects to collect ¥8.8 billion in nuclear fuel taxes ...