Kentaro Hamada
For Kentaro Hamada's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 18, 2015
Tepco faces mounting legal woes over Fukushima No. 1 meltdowns
Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster started, and as the country tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, legal challenges against the crippled plant's operator are mounting.
Mar 5, 2015
Court battles are sole remaining obstacle to nuclear restarts
The fight over Japan's nuclear industry moves to the courts, where utilities face the risk of further costly delays if judges side with residents worried about nuclear safety.
Sep 10, 2014
Japan's regulator OKs nuclear plant return while pushing to close old reactors
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved the restart of a nuclear power station in Kyushu, the first step toward reopening an industry that was mothballed after the Fukushima triple meltdown.
Japan Times
Jul 2, 2014
Evacuation plans stir fresh doubts over Japan nuclear restarts
Keen to restart nuclear power plants three years after the Fukushima disaster, authorities may face an additional hurdle in securing approval — coming up with a cogent evacuation plan in the event of new accidents.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2014
Atop Pacific 'Ring of Fire,' debate flares over volcanic risk to Japan's nuclear plants
In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan's utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.
Japan Times
Apr 2, 2014
Only a third of nuclear reactors may be restarted
Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all of Japan's nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive atomic power as a core part of the nation's energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.


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