Jul 27, 2014

Hokkaido Electric seeks approval for second hike in energy rates

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. is considering filing for government approval next month for plans to implement an additional hike in its electricity rates for households, it was learned Sunday. Seven Japanese power suppliers — including Hokkaido Electric — have raised their rates following the ...

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

Jul 25, 2014

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

A U.S. science advisory report says the Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to America’s nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly ...

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Jul 21, 2014

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

by Yuri Kageyama

Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry. Engineers ...

Jul 15, 2014

Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle

The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.