Radioactive waste: a now and forever threat?

| Dec 16, 2013

Radioactive waste: a now and forever threat?

by Reiji Yoshida

In recent months, former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has rekindled the public debate on atomic power, drawing attention to perhaps the most critical question about its future: Is there a safe place and way to dispose of high-level radioactive waste? Koizumi lashed out at ...

Dec 13, 2013

Energy plan revised for nuclear emphasis

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has redrafted the nation’s national long-term energy plan by adding words that place more emphasis on nuclear power, it was learned Friday. Nuclear power is an “important base-load power source that serves as a foundation” for the ...

Dec 6, 2013

Japan to say nuclear power is 'important' in draft energy plan

The Abe administration plans to say in a draft of the national medium-term energy plan that nuclear power should continue to be “important” in supplying electricity despite the Fukushima nuclear crisis, sources said. The draft was to be presented Friday to a meeting of ...

| Nov 30, 2013

Imagining post-nuclear Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has sent shock waves through the political establishment by calling for the end of nuclear power generation in Japan. “There is nothing more costly than nuclear power,” Koizumi was quoted as saying during an interview with Tokyo Shimbun — ...

Nov 1, 2013

A lesson in energy diversification

Nearly three years after the Fukushima meltdowns shattered four decades of increasing reliance on nuclear power, Japan has yet to set a course to determine what energy sources it will tap.

Oct 28, 2013

Abe heads for Turkey to sell nuke technology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Monday for a three-day trip to Turkey, where he is expected to affirm closer bilateral economic cooperation, including on exports of Japanese nuclear reactors, with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The trip, following one in May when the ...