Jan 23, 2015

Government mulls 15%-20% target for nuclear power output by 2030

Japan is mulling setting the proportion of electricity to be generated by nuclear power at around 15 to 20 percent in 2030, lower than the 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010 before the Fukushima nuclear disaster, government officials said Thursday. The government will also consider ...

Japan brings life to nuclear accident fund

Jan 20, 2015

Japan brings life to nuclear accident fund

An international pact on nuclear disaster compensation will enter into force April 15 after Japan signed on to the treaty last week, and a fund will be created to help victims of accidents like the one at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant in ...

Jan 3, 2015

Iran, six powers agree on plan to move nuclear material to Russia

Iran and the United States have tentatively agreed on a formula that Washington hopes will reduce Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms by committing it to ship to Russia much of the material needed for such weapons, diplomats say. In another sign of progress, ...

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 ...