Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

Mar 11, 2014

Survivors still overwhelmed by 3/11 losses

The staggering loss of life and property still overwhelms people who were caught up in the historic magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami that hit the northeast coast three years ago, and for many of the survivors, rebuilding their lives has been a slow process. The ...

Reactors still feared despite new rules

Mar 11, 2014

Reactors still feared despite new rules

by Yuriy Humber and Masumi Suga

The cost of restarting Japan’s nuclear power plants: ¥1.3 trillion and counting. That is the amount power companies have committed so far on thousands of tons of reinforced concrete and steel, armies of workers, tsunami walls and seismic tests. It has all been to ...

Mar 3, 2014

NRA adds 384 staff from defunct agency

The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Monday held an initiation ceremony for 384 staff joining from the now-defunct Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization who will bring their technical expertise to the body. JNES was abolished Saturday and absorbed by the NRA, which was set up ...

Feb 25, 2014

Fukushima's Unit 4 pool cooling falters

The cooling system for the reactor 4 spent fuel pool at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant temporarily halted Tuesday morning after an alert over electrical equipment was issued, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. The operation to remove fuel from the spent fuel pool ...

For Iran, any final nuclear deal still far off

Feb 18, 2014

For Iran, any final nuclear deal still far off

It took months of arduous bargaining before Iran and six world powers could agree on an initial nuclear deal. But the two sides might find the going even tougher Tuesday when they were to start confronting hurdles standing in the path of a final ...

| Feb 14, 2014

Abe pushes forward pro-nuclear plan

The Abe administration is now set to resume work on compiling a new basic national energy plan in light of the huge victory by coalition-backed Yoichi Masuzoe in Sunday’s Tokyo gubernatorial election over candidates who called for the termination of Japan’s reliance on nuclear ...