Aug 24, 2015

Tepco bid to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant stymied by governor

Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s road back to becoming a nuclear power utility remains uncertain amid staunch local opposition to restarting the facility at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa in Niigata Prefecture. The plant is the world’s biggest nuclear power facility. Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said after meeting regulators ...

Aug 17, 2015

Utilities spent ¥1.4 trillion last year to maintain idled reactors

The nation’s nine utilities with nuclear power plants had to spend a total of about ¥1.4 trillion last fiscal year to maintain their idled reactors, financial statements showed Monday, revealing part of the reason that electricity rates went up. Kyushu Electric Power Co. restarted ...

Aug 12, 2015

Power plant operators to invest ¥3 trillion on safety measures

Eleven nuclear power plant operators plan to invest a total of ¥3 trillion on a variety of safety measures, informed sources said Tuesday. The safety measures include installing breakwaters and ensuring emergency power sources are available. In addition, the companies are required to implement ...

Aug 11, 2015

Nuclear evacuees will be allowed to stay overnight in Fukushima town

, KYODO In a preparatory step toward allowing them to return permanently, the central government will allow nuclear evacuees from Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, to stay overnight in their homes on a temporary basis for a three-month period starting Aug. 31, officials said. The plan ...

Aug 9, 2015

Worker at wrecked Fukushima plant dies from head injury

A worker at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant died Saturday after a hatch at the back of a truck being used in cleanup work closed on his head, operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The accident occurred at around 6:30 a.m., ...

Aug 6, 2015

Bringing Tepco officials to trial

A decision by a judicial panel of citizens means former Tepco top executives will at last have to face justice in regard to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.