Sep 22, 2014

IAEA set to announce 32-year low in nuclear power production

The cost of keeping uranium out of the hands of terrorists and safe from natural disasters is sidelining nuclear energy, which officials once dreamed would power a utopian future of cheap, almost limitless electricity. The amount of power produced by nuclear reactors has dropped ...

Fukushima cleanup going painfully slow

| Sep 22, 2014

Fukushima cleanup going painfully slow

by Mizuho Aoki

Three and a half years after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station spewed massive amounts of radioactive materials into the air and water, decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture has yet to draw to an end. The government initially hoped ...

Sep 21, 2014

Energy-saving efforts wane as blackout fears ebb: survey

The public is less willing to save electricity to protect the environment than it was two years ago because fears of power shortages are apparently receding, a government survey says. The Fukushima nuclear disaster precipitated the use of rolling blackouts and other widespread conservation ...

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

| Sep 14, 2014

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

Fifty-three of the 90 students who graduated from Fukushima Medical University in March are working as interns at hospitals in the prefecture, the most in the past 10 years. The prefecture credits an increase in the medical department’s quota for admissions, as well as ...

Sep 10, 2014

Kagoshima nuclear plant gets safety OK, moves closer to resumption

A nuclear plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co. obtained a safety clearance from regulators Wednesday, becoming the first to meet new regulations imposed following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. With the approval from the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the two reactors at the ...

Tepco won't appeal civil ruling on evacuee's suicide

Sep 6, 2014

Tepco won't appeal civil ruling on evacuee's suicide

The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex has decided not to appeal a court decision last month ordering the utility to pay damages over a suicide case linked to the nuclear disaster. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that it decided ...

Sep 3, 2014

Storing Tepco's radioactive waste

The government needs to understand and address the complex sentiments of local landowners as it proceeds with negotiations for land acquisitions to store radioactive waste in Fukushima.