National Aug 15, 2014

Snake zapped; 4,900 Shimonoseki households hit by blackout

About 4,900 households have been hit by blackouts in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, as a snake climbed up an electric pole and came in contact with a wire, Chugoku Electric Power Co. said Thursday. A utility worker found a 1-meter-long dead snake hanging from a 10-meter-high ...

National Mar 28, 2014

Retiring Shimane reactor 'an option'

In a reversal, Chugoku Electric Power Co. President Tomohide Karita stated Thursday that retiring a 40-year-old reactor at the Shimane Nuclear Power Station is "an option." It is rare to hear a top utility official suggest the decommissioning of an aging reactor. In June, Karita hinted ...

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

National Jan 6, 2014

Citizens seek nuclear-free Shimane

by Eric Johnston

Shimane Prefecture citizens seeking to enact a local ordinance that would phase out nuclear power and develop renewable energy sources have collected more than 92,000 signatures of support from registered voters, well over the minimum needed to force the governor to introduce the ordinance ...

Reader Mail Oct 2, 2011

Effects of disenfranchisement

In his Sept. 22 letter, "A prevalent form of propaganda," Greg Leviton addresses a number of points that are often brought up concerning issues in the Middle East. Although I appreciate his ardor in support of Israel, many of these topics are more nuanced ...

National 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 ...