'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

Jan 25, 2014

'Abe-genda': nuclear export superpower

by Jeff Kingston

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now in New Delhi to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the Indian Republic. His presence speaks volumes about closer diplomatic, security and economic ties and, at least from Tokyo’s perspective, a common agenda on responding to ...

Jan 23, 2014

Can't bury the nuclear issue

The Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election will not only decide the leader of the nation's capital but also indicate whether Japan will rely on nuclear power.

NRA to re-examine fault situation at Tsuruga plant

Jan 20, 2014

NRA to re-examine fault situation at Tsuruga plant

The Nuclear Regulation Authority team began a two-day re-examination Monday of Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture to follow up on its discovery last May that reactor 2 is sitting on an active fault. In a report the following July, however, ...

Tehran calls implementing nuke deal 'most important commitment'

Jan 20, 2014

Tehran calls implementing nuke deal 'most important commitment'

Ahead of the start of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, an official in the Islamic Republic called limiting uranium enrichment and diluting its stockpile the country’s “most important commitments,” state radio reported Sunday. The comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman of ...

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Jan 18, 2014

Hosokawa eyes no nukes by 2020

Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa will pledge in his campaign for the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election to set out a road map for Japan to break with nuclear power generation by 2020, according to a close aide. “By making 2020 his target year, ...

Jan 16, 2014

Election spotlight on nuclear power

Expect the question of whether Japan should rely on nuclear power generation in the future to be a main theme of the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial election after former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa announced his candidacy.

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

Jan 6, 2014

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

by Eric Johnston

Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance ...