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 ...

Protesters gather as reactor in Kagoshima restarts

Aug 12, 2015

Protesters gather as reactor in Kagoshima restarts

More than 100 people rallied Tuesday in front of the Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture to protest Japan’s first reactivation of a nuclear reactor in nearly two years. Blasting the restart as a hasty decision, the crowd at the gates of Kyushu Electric ...

Aug 11, 2015

Japan Inc. welcomes return to nuclear power

Business leaders welcomed the restart Tuesday of a nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan’s first full-fledged return to atomic power generation since 2011. The restart of the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai plant is “the first step toward rebuilding ...

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 ...