NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

May 2, 2014

NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info

Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart. The document was submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Wednesday so the NRA can confirm ...

Anti-nuke activists plan 100th rally near Diet

May 2, 2014

Anti-nuke activists plan 100th rally near Diet

Activists who have been rallying against nuclear power near the prime minister’s office and the Diet building since 2012 are scheduled to hold their 100th demonstration Friday night. The number of people attending the rallies, however, has declined to several thousand after peaking at ...

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

Apr 25, 2014

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori

Since March 2011, the government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that calamity — shutting down the nation’s 48 remaining nuclear reactors for ...

Critics hit nuke power justification

| Apr 16, 2014

Critics hit nuke power justification

by Miya Tanaka

The new Basic Energy Plan endorsed last week that underscores the need to continue to use nuclear power, marking an important milestone in energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster started. But the content of the plan still appears open ...

Apr 11, 2014

Energy plan looks to the past

The Abe government's new Basic Energy Plan fails to set a clear direction for the nation's energy policy, which has been clouded by safety concerns ever since three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.

Apr 9, 2014

Hakodate's valid nuclear concern

The government and power companies should not dismiss the concerns of muncipalities that could be impacted by nuclear accidents but have no say in their operations.