Mom's anti-nuclear stance inspires film

Jan 27, 2015

Mom's anti-nuclear stance inspires film

by Keiji Hirano

In the days of uncertainty immediately following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, documentary filmmaker Masako Sakata turned to a book written by her late mother, an anti-nuclear campaigner, to try to make sense of what was happening. The book, “Please Listen,” is a ...

Obama to target rich in State of the Union

Jan 18, 2015

Obama to target rich in State of the Union

U.S. President Barack Obama will speak to the nation Tuesday in a State of the Union address that comes as he readies to lock horns with ascendant Republicans. The annual speech, the most important in the U.S. political calendar, will come exactly two years ...

Jan 16, 2015

China renews its atomic ambition with additional reactors

China is expected to start building at least five nuclear reactors in 2015 while facing a further delay at a plant that had been slated to start this year. The Sanmen project in the eastern province of Zhejiang is expected to come online at ...

Jan 14, 2015

Reactor decommissioning costs to be passed to all power users

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry decided Wednesday that the cost to nuclear plant operators of decommissioning reactors should be passed on to all electricity users in principle even after the electricity market is fully opened to newcomers in 2016. The controversial scheme ...

Jan 13, 2015

S. Korea nuclear hack ups aging reactor risks

The hacking of South Korea’s nuclear operator means the country’s second-oldest reactor may be shut permanently due to safety concerns, said several nuclear watchdog commissioners, raising the risk that other aging reactors may also be closed. “The operator failed to prevent it (the hack) ...

Jan 5, 2015

Local governments want bigger say in restarting reactors

Only about 20 percent of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are located near nuclear plants support how Kyushu Electric Power Co. went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its reactors in Kagoshima Prefecture. Kyushu Electric won consent in November from the ...