Apr 7, 2015

LDP proposes future energy policy heavy on nuclear power

Ruling party lawmakers proposed to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that Japan generate around 60 percent of its electricity from stable sources, a figure that meets international standards but also suggests continued reliance on nuclear power. The share of “base-load” power sources, which ...

Mar 30, 2015

Japan to play up safety of food products at Milan expo

The government will use Expo Milano 2015 in Italy to highlight the safety of Japanese food products, including those from Fukushima Prefecture, according to official representative Tatsuya Kato. “I want to use the expo as an opportunity to correct any wrong perceptions or information,” ...

Mar 23, 2015

¥189 billion in public money spent on Fukushima cleanup so far

A total of ¥189.2 billion in taxpayers’ money has been spent since fiscal 2011 on decommissioning the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and dealing with the buildup of radioactive water there, according to the Board of Audit. The board also said Monday that ...

Mar 21, 2015

Food list for cesium tests to be shortened: ministry

The health ministry plans to shorten the list of food being tested for cesium fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster as the number of tainted items is falling. Based on test results so far, the ministry will exclude 20 items including broccoli, plums and ...