Japan's reliance on atomic power urged to exceed 20% by 2030

Apr 3, 2015

Japan's reliance on atomic power urged to exceed 20% by 2030

There is a growing possibility that Japan will rely on nuclear energy for more than 20 percent of its total power output in 2030, compared with about 30 percent before the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in March 2011, sources said. Following the triple reactor ...

A tragic story of red tape and fatal ineptitude

Mar 14, 2015

A tragic story of red tape and fatal ineptitude

by Stephen Mansfield

At 2:46 p.m. on March 11, 2011, a 9-magnitude megathrust earthquake triggered a tsunami that slammed into the aging Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant along the country’s northeastern coastline, less than 250 km north of the capital. In the worst nuclear accident since ...

Feb 11, 2015

Tepco offers to keep contract with Japan Atomic Power

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to keep its business contract with Japan Atomic Power Co. in place if the nuclear power firm helps Tepco decommission its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, informed sources said Wednesday. Japan Atomic Power relies on basic fees it ...

Tepco, Chubu Electric to merge existing thermal power plants

Feb 8, 2015

Tepco, Chubu Electric to merge existing thermal power plants

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. will transfer operations of their existing thermal power plants to a new joint venture, creating a huge thermal power company with a dominating market share. Under their agreement, to be finalized Monday, their thermal power ...

3/11 charges for Tepco execs delayed by three months

Oct 25, 2014

3/11 charges for Tepco execs delayed by three months

Prosecutors have delayed for three months a decision on whether to charge three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. for their handling of the 2011 Fukushima disaster, an official with a panel that requested the indictments said Friday. The Tokyo District Prosecutor’s Office ...

Oct 3, 2014

New radiation scrubber begins cleaning water at Fukushima plant

The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on Thursday powered up an additional water treatment facility to scrub contamination from the massive quantities of radioactive water stored there. The new, mobile facility filters radioactive strontium from water used to cool three ...