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 ...

Jan 5, 2015

Local governments want bigger say in restarting reactors

Only about 20 percent of 160 prefectural and municipal governments that host or are located near nuclear plants support how Kyushu Electric Power Co. went about getting the go-ahead for restarting its reactors in Kagoshima Prefecture. Kyushu Electric won consent in November from the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Oct 17, 2014

Utilities pressed to make quick decision on scrapping aged reactors

The government called on Friday for utilities to swiftly decide whether to scrap aging reactors that would be particularly vulnerable in the event of a natural disaster. The pro-nuclear government, which is seeking to reactivate the nation’s idled reactors as soon as possible despite ...