Nov 19, 2014

Diet approves bill on collective compensation for nuclear accidents

The Diet on Wednesday enacted a bill that allows Japan to join an international pact on financial liability for nuclear accidents. The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage requires parties to share part of the compensation in the event of a nuclear accident. ...

Nov 19, 2014

History haunts U.S.-Iran talks

by Matthew Lee

Bill Clinton tried. So did George W. Bush. Neither succeeded. As President Barack Obama’s own second term winds down, he is getting closer than either of his immediate predecessors to the goal of improving U.S. relations with Iran. But he is not there yet, ...

Nov 17, 2014

Tokihiro Nakamura wins second term as Ehime governor

Tokihiro Nakamura was re-elected governor of Ehime Prefecture on Sunday, defeating a challenger backed by the Japanese Communist Party to secure a second four-year term. The focus of the campaign was limited to Nakamura’s handling of prefectural affairs. Regarding the potential restart of Shikoku ...

Uranium mining stocks jump as Japan clears way to reactors restart

Nov 8, 2014

Uranium mining stocks jump as Japan clears way to reactors restart

Uranium prices and producers’ shares soared after Japan cleared the way for restart of the first of the nuclear reactors shut after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Cameco Corp., Canada’s largest uranium producer, increased 11 percent, the biggest gain since August 2010. Denison ...

Tepco removes all spent fuel rods from reactor 4 pool

Nov 5, 2014

Tepco removes all spent fuel rods from reactor 4 pool

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it had finished removing all used fuel from the storage pool in the reactor 4 building, leaving only less-risky unused material in the pool. But dismantling the entire facility still has to overcome the high levels of radioactive ...

Germany faces suits worth billions over nuclear phaseout

Nov 5, 2014

Germany faces suits worth billions over nuclear phaseout

Germany’s phaseout of nuclear energy has triggered over 20 lawsuits by big power companies that have demanded billions of euros in damages, said a government paper released Tuesday. After the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, Berlin moved to immediately shutter the country’s eight oldest reactors ...