Nov 19, 2014

Diet approves bill on collective compensation for nuclear accidents

The Diet on Wednesday enacted a bill that allows Japan to join an international pact on financial liability for nuclear accidents. The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage requires parties to share part of the compensation in the event of a nuclear accident. ...

Nov 17, 2014

Japan's carbon dioxide emissions hit record high

Carbon dioxide emitted by Japan hit a record high in the year to March due to the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, an official said Monday. Carbon dioxide emissions related to the use of nonrenewables reached 1.224 billion ...

Contaminated water swamps Fukushima No. 1 cleanup

Nov 16, 2014

Contaminated water swamps Fukushima No. 1 cleanup

More than three years into the massive cleanup of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on key tasks such as preparing for the dismantling of the wrecked reactors and removing radioactive fuel rods. Instead, nearly ...

Uranium mining stocks jump as Japan clears way to reactors restart

Nov 8, 2014

Uranium mining stocks jump as Japan clears way to reactors restart

Uranium prices and producers’ shares soared after Japan cleared the way for restart of the first of the nuclear reactors shut after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Cameco Corp., Canada’s largest uranium producer, increased 11 percent, the biggest gain since August 2010. Denison ...

Nov 6, 2014

President of Asahi Shimbun reportedly to resign

President Tadakazu Kimura of the Asahi Shimbun, which has been under heavy fire for past reports about the "comfort women" and the Fukushima nuclear crisis, is reportedly planning to announce his resignation in mid-November.

Nov 6, 2014

Man admits selling radioactive samples

A man from Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, is to be prosecuted for selling radioactive substances without a permit, Tokyo police said Thursday. The 54-year-old man has admitted to selling samples of americium-241 to eight people, said the police, who referred the case to prosecutors. Some ...

Tepco removes all spent fuel rods from reactor 4 pool

Nov 5, 2014

Tepco removes all spent fuel rods from reactor 4 pool

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it had finished removing all used fuel from the storage pool in the reactor 4 building, leaving only less-risky unused material in the pool. But dismantling the entire facility still has to overcome the high levels of radioactive ...

Nov 4, 2014

Murakami chides Japan for ignoring role in WWII, Fukushima disaster

Writer Haruki Murakami has chided his country for shirking responsibility for its World War II aggression as well as the Fukushima nuclear disaster. In an interview published Monday in the Mainichi Shimbun, the 65-year-old author said: “No one has taken real responsibility for the ...