Jan 9, 2014

Tepco's flawed turnaround plan

Tepco should further streamline its operations and explore new avenues of business growth, such as the retail sale of electricity in parts of Japan, rather than return to its old model that depended on nuclear power for profitability.

Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on

Jun 26, 2013

Fight to get Tepco, state to come clean lives on

by Keiji Hirano

Freelance journalist Ryuichi Kino started attending press briefings at Tokyo Electric Power Co. shortly after the nuclear crisis erupted at its Fukushima No. 1 complex in March 2011, knowing that it was an event of world significance. “I knew I would regret it if ...

Jun 18, 2013

NRA denies 3/11 quake damaged condenser pipes at Fukushima No. 1

The Nuclear Regulation Authority denied Monday that the Great East Japan Earthquake damaged piping related to critical cooling equipment in the building housing reactor 1 at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant before the tsunami hit. The NRA made the assertion after inspecting the ...

Namie doctor refuses to abandon residents

Jun 14, 2013

Namie doctor refuses to abandon residents

by Tomomi Miura

Shunji Sekine, 71, opened a temporary clinic in early May in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, to examine residents who began visiting their homes after evacuating the coastal town during the 2011 nuclear disaster. “It would be a problem if they got injured during their temporary ...

Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco

May 31, 2013

Widow in farmer suicide sues Tepco

by Tomohiro Osaki

A Filipino woman whose Japanese husband committed suicide after his dairy farming business was decimated by the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster is suing Tokyo Electric Power Co. for about ¥126 million. “Had there not been that nuclear disaster, he would still be alive,” ...

Rice planted in former no-go zone

May 20, 2013

Rice planted in former no-go zone

Farmers in the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have begun planting rice in a district once designated a no-go zone because of radioactive fallout ejected by the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant.

Motegi seeks quick U.S. approval of LNG exports

May 5, 2013

Motegi seeks quick U.S. approval of LNG exports

Trade minister Toshimitsu Motegi has requested early U.S. approval of liquefied natural gas exports in a meeting with Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman in Washington, saying that securing a relatively cheap energy source is crucial to Japan. Poneman told Motegi on Friday that he ...

Antinuclear drive in search of new strategies

May 4, 2013

Antinuclear drive in search of new strategies

by Kazuaki Nagata

The Fukushima nuclear crisis struck a nerve with Japan’s normally passive public, prompting many to raise their voices against atomic power and take to the streets to voice their anger. But momentum for phasing out atomic energy appears to have weakened since the pronuclear ...