Dec 25, 2014

METI may seek to replace aging reactors despite Abe pledge

As the Abe administration strives to revive the nuclear power sector, stalled since the March 2011 Fukushima crisis, an interim report by an industry ministry committee on energy policy has suggested that the construction of new reactors to replace units that are too old ...

Real costs of nuclear power

| Dec 22, 2014

Real costs of nuclear power

Until now, Japan's power industry and the government have emphasized the lower energy costs from having nuclear plants generate the nation's electricity. And until now, consumers and business circles have bought into that myth.

With election over, Abe ready to boost reactor restarts

Dec 15, 2014

With election over, Abe ready to boost reactor restarts

With the Liberal Democratic Party’s sweeping election victory Sunday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to increase his efforts to revive nuclear power despite persistent public opposition. Although polls show that most people are against restarting reactors idled following the 2011 Fukushima crisis, Abe ...

Dec 3, 2014

Debating nuclear energy

Lawmakers and parties need to lay out energy plans that include measures to reduce emissions that don't rely on nuclear power.

Nov 26, 2014

JAEA eyes restart of next-generation nuclear reactor

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency on Wednesday applied for a Nuclear Regulation Authority examination in an effort have a next-generation experimental nuclear reactor restarted. The High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor in the town of Oarai, Ibaraki Prefecturem has an output capacity of 30,000 kilowatts, ...

Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations

Nov 26, 2014

Iran leader approves further nuclear negotiations

Iran’s supreme leader on Tuesday gave his indirect approval for a continuation of talks over its disputed nuclear program, criticizing world powers who many frustrated Iranians believe could have worked harder to reach a deal with the country. The remarks were the first by ...