Apr 1, 2014

No Tepco rate hike this year

New Tepco Chairman Fumio Sudo said the utility will not hike rates later this year even if the restart of its huge nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture is delayed. Acknowledging that Tokyo Electric Power Co. as operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 ...

May 15, 2011

Utility and opponents lock horns over planned N-plant

by Eriko Arita

With the May 10 announcement by Prime Minister Naoto Kan of a fundamental review of nuclear power generation in Japan, the fate of 14 planned new reactors was necessarily thrown into doubt. However, neither ongoing events in Fukushima, nor news of the review, have ...

May 15, 2011

Author's fiction turns horribly real

by Tomoko Otake

The Pacific Ocean a few kilometers off the coast of a city in the Tokai region of central Honshu turns white. Hundreds of curious holidaymakers caught in a traffic jam on the seaside road get out of their cars and jump up onto the ...