Jun 20, 2014

Japanese satellites enter orbit to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

A pair of small Japanese satellites for monitoring environmental changes around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and capturing images of areas around the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine were placed in orbit shortly after they were launched Thursday night from a Russian base. The ...

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

May 9, 2014

Bid to stop Oi reactor restarts fails

by Eric Johnston

The Osaka High Court rejected an appeal Friday by Kansai-area citizens who were seeking an injunction to prevent the restart of the Oi No. 3 and 4 reactors in Fukui Prefecture. Some 253 residents opposed the restart of the two reactors on safety grounds, ...

Mar 2, 2014

Only 20% of municipalities will OK reactor restarts: poll

Only about a fifth of the 156 local governments situated within 30 km of a nuclear power plant would give the nod to reactor restarts if regulators declared them safe, a survey says. Of those 37 governments, 13 said they would do so unconditionally ...

Feb 10, 2014

People living near nuclear plants voice hope, caution over Masuzoe

Residents of communities that host nuclear power plants were both hopeful and wary about former health minister Yoichi Masuzoe winning the Tokyo gubernatorial election Sunday. Some said they expect Masuzoe, 65, to exercise leadership in energy policy as the new governor and will urge ...