Kagoshima governor hints at dropping action to halt nuclear reactors

Sep 9, 2016

Kagoshima governor hints at dropping action to halt nuclear reactors

Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono suggested Friday he may give up on his pursuit to have Kyushu Electric Power Co. immediately suspend the operation of two reactors at its nuclear power plant in the southwestern prefecture after the utility’s president again rejected the request. “Thinking ...

Governors' moves muddle reactor restart bids

| Aug 31, 2016

Governors' moves muddle reactor restart bids

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Political moves by the governors of Kagoshima and Niigata over the last week, one sudden and one that was mostly expected, are likely to affect plans in both prefectures to restart or continue running nuclear reactors. On Wednesday, Kyodo News reported that Kagoshima Gov. ...

New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors

Jul 28, 2016

New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors

Newly elected Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono said Thursday he will seek a temporary halt on active nuclear reactors in the prefecture, currently the only ones working nationwide. “There are concerns over nuclear power plants following the Kumamoto earthquakes,” Mitazono said of the April disaster. ...

Jul 26, 2016

Kagoshima's Sakurajima volcano erupts, spews plume 5,000 meters up

The Sakurajima volcano in southwestern Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Meteorological Agency said. It is the first eruption projecting to such an altitude since August 2013 for the volcano within kilometers of downtown ...

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

Jul 10, 2016

Opponent of nuclear power elected governor of Kagoshima

Anti-nuclear advocate Satoshi Mitazono was elected governor of Kagoshima Prefecture on Sunday, beating incumbent Yuichiro Ito, who agreed to the resumption of reactors at a power plant in the prefecture. “I want to make Kagoshima a prefecture that takes on challenges with a positive ...

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Jun 29, 2016

Kyushu landslides triggered by downpour leave woman in coma

Two people are in comas following heavy rain in Kyushu on Tuesday and Wednesday, which triggered landslides in Kagoshima and Nagasaki prefectures. According to the Meteorological Agency, 61.5 mm of rain per hour was reported in Kanoya, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Wednesday morning, following 263 ...

Kagoshima isle neutering 3,000 cats in bid to protect rare rabbits

May 9, 2016

Kagoshima isle neutering 3,000 cats in bid to protect rare rabbits

Three municipalities on a remote island in Kagoshima Prefecture are midway through an unprecedented project to neuter all 3,000 resident felines in order to protect native rabbits. The rare bunnies are designated as a special national treasure. Only around 200 Amami rabbits are thought ...