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 ...

Reactor makers look abroad as home market fizzles

| Sep 9, 2013

Reactor makers look abroad as home market fizzles

by Kazuaki Nagata

The Fukushima meltdowns and the continuing radiation crisis may have turned the public off of atomic energy at home, but it’s full steam ahead for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Japan’s heavy industries when it comes to exporting that technology to power-hungry economies abroad. ...