Mar 11, 2015

NRA chief warns of ongoing risks at wrecked Fukushima No. 1 plant

The situation still remains risky at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant four years after a series of meltdowns, the chairman of Japan’s nuclear regulator said Wednesday, vowing utmost efforts to avoid further trouble there. “There have been quite a few accidents ...

Mar 11, 2015

China approves new nuclear reactors in industry revival

China is reviving growth of its nuclear power industry with approval of its first new project in two years. The Cabinet’s planning agency approved construction of two additional reactors at a power plant in the northeastern province of Liaoning, a unit of state-owned China ...

Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuclear signs

Mar 10, 2015

Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuclear signs

One of the towns evacuated after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis has decided to remove street signs trumpeting the benefits of atomic power, an official said Tuesday. The deserted town of Futaba, one of the two that host the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant, ...

Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste storage plan

Mar 10, 2015

Fukushima residents torn over nuclear waste storage plan

Norio Kimura lost his wife, father and 7-year-old daughter, Yuna, in the March 2011 tsunami. Now he fears he may lose his land, too, as the central government wants to build a sprawling radioactive waste storage site in the shadow of the wrecked Fukushima ...

Government to start campaign on nuclear waste disposal sites

Mar 8, 2015

Government to start campaign on nuclear waste disposal sites

The government plans to launch a campaign in major cities to promote the need for permanent disposal facilities for high-level nuclear waste from power plants, sources close to the matter said Saturday. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration is looking to restart nuclear plants shut ...

Mar 8, 2015

Wanted: blogger to tout the charms of Fukushima

Fukushima is looking to recruit someone willing to visit the prefecture and help publicize its tourist appeal on a blog or other social media platform. The position pays ¥10,000 an hour. Applications should be filed by March 15. The prefecture hopes to attract more ...

Completion of Joban Expressway stirs Tohoku reconstruction hopes

Mar 2, 2015

Completion of Joban Expressway stirs Tohoku reconstruction hopes

The last section of the Joban Expressway finally opened to traffic Sunday after delays caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost four years ago. The 300.4-km-long highway, which runs along the Pacific coast, now links the Tokyo metropolitan area with Tohoku and is expected ...