Kishida prods Tehran counterpart on Iran nuclear program

Mar 5, 2014

Kishida prods Tehran counterpart on Iran nuclear program

by Mizuho Aoki

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, Wednesday in Tokyo and urged him to continue making efforts to reach a final agreement with the Western powers on Tehran’s controversial nuclear program. “Japan welcomes the steady implementation of the Joint ...

Feb 10, 2014

Anti-nuke candidates' loss elates biz chiefs

Business leaders welcomed former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe’s victory Sunday in the Tokyo gubernatorial election, which represented a victory in their efforts to prevent the anti-nuclear lobby from harming their interests. “We are hoping that the new governor will work well with the state ...

Aussie LNG an energy lifeline — for now

Nov 29, 2013

Aussie LNG an energy lifeline — for now

by Eric Johnston

With its nuclear power plants mostly idled since the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Japan continues its quest to increase imports of liquefied natural gas, especially from Australia. By volume, Australia was Japan’s largest LNG supplier in fiscal 2012, exporting 17.06 million tons, ...

IAEA says NKorea images suggest reactor restart

Nov 28, 2013

IAEA says NKorea images suggest reactor restart

Activities observed at North Korea’s Yongbyon site indicate an effort to restart a reactor that could provide it with weapons-grade plutonium, the U.N. atomic agency said Thursday. “The Agency continues to monitor developments at the Yongbyon site, mainly through satellite imagery,” International Atomic Energy ...

Iran invites U.N. experts to Arak heavy water plant

Nov 28, 2013

Iran invites U.N. experts to Arak heavy water plant

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Iran has invited its experts to inspect a facility linked to a reactor that could produce enough plutonium for up to two atomic weapons a year once it’s completed. Yukiya Amano of the U.N.’s International Atomic ...

Oct 25, 2013

Energy mix to be set in three years

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Friday the administration will start working on setting a goal in three years for the best national energy mix and reach it within the following 10 years, taking into account the amount of renewable energy available and the number ...

Canadian behind Hakodate nuke fight

Oct 7, 2013

Canadian behind Hakodate nuke fight

A 58-year-old Canadian who teaches English in Hakodate, Hokkaido, has been mobilizing demonstrations against the construction of a nuclear power plant in Oma, Aomori Prefecture, on the opposite side of the Tsugaru Strait. The plant, currently in the ground development stage, is being built ...