Feb 27, 2015

Takahama assembly to vote on restarting nuclear reactors

by Eric Johnston

The town assembly of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant, will decide by March 20 whether to approve the restart of the plant’s No. 3 and 4 reactors, which recently cleared central government inspections. The decision by ...

Taiwan urges Japan to cooperate more on solar power technology

Oct 30, 2014

Taiwan urges Japan to cooperate more on solar power technology

Taiwan hopes Japanese businesses will aggressively invest in Taiwanese solar power stations, Vice Premier Mao Chi-kuo said in a recent interview. Noting that Taiwanese firms have already built solar power facilities in Japan, Mao said Japanese investment in such plants in Taiwan would be ...

Jul 27, 2014

Hokkaido Electric seeks approval for second hike in energy rates

Hokkaido Electric Power Co. is considering filing for government approval next month for plans to implement an additional hike in its electricity rates for households, it was learned Sunday. Seven Japanese power suppliers — including Hokkaido Electric — have raised their rates following the ...

Jul 15, 2014

Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle

The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

May 28, 2014

Shimane strikes evacuation deal with neighbors

The Shimane Prefectural Government on Wednesday agreed with two neighboring prefectures to cooperate on the evacuation of residents in the event of a nuclear accident in the area. The deals aim to secure the safe evacuation of about 396,000 residents of four Shimane cities ...

Apr 3, 2014

Hakodate sues to halt Oma MOX reactor

Citing safety concerns, the city of Hakodate in Hokkaido on Thursday sued the state and Electric Power Development Co. to halt the construction of a nuclear reactor based on mixed oxide fuel at a plant about 23 km across the sea in Oma, Aomori ...

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

Mar 26, 2014

Life at Fukushima No. 1 gets manga treatment

by Yuri Kageyama

First off, no one who works at Tepco’s wrecked nuclear plant calls it Fukushima “Dai-ichi,” comic book artist Kazuto Tatsuta says in his book about his time on the job. It’s “ichi efu,” or 1F. It’s not “hell on earth,” but a life filled ...

Nuclear plant security to be designated as state secret

Nov 9, 2013

Nuclear plant security to be designated as state secret

Information on the way Japan’s nuclear power plants are guarded by police and security officers will be designated as a state secret by a government-sponsored confidentiality bill, said Masako Mori, minister in charge of the legislation. “If we make public the security plans of ...