Jul 15, 2014

Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle

The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

May 4, 2014

Only 27 residents return to Miyakoji

Only 27 evacuees from the Miyakoji district in the radiation-tainted city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, have returned to their homes since the district’s evacuation advisory was lifted on April 1, it has been learned. The Tamura Municipal Government had expected 90 residents from 27 ...

| Apr 5, 2014

Lessons of Fukushima: Reactor restarts are unwise

by Jeff Kingston

Kyle Cleveland, my colleague at Temple University Japan, recently published a report in the online Asia-Pacific Journal, “Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty” that has drawn widespread media attention. Based on numerous interviews with government officials, military officers ...

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 ...