Tag - nuclear-plant



Sep 30, 2014
Volcanoes may be next obstacle for Japan's atomic power industry
The deadly volcanic eruption of Mount Ontake over the weekend may strengthen the argument of activists campaigning to keep the country's 48 reactors shut.
Sep 26, 2014
Restarting Fukushima No. 2 plant would be very difficult: Obuchi
Sep 12, 2014
Sendai nuclear evacuation plans get Tokyo's nod despite Kagoshima misgivings
The central government said Friday it "approves" of evacuation plans drawn up by local authorities near a nuclear plant that could become the first in the country to go back online, as officials attempt to ease persistent fears about the effectiveness of the plans.
Japan Times
Sep 4, 2014
New METI chief Obuchi rules out new nuclear power plants
Newly appointed trade and industry minister Yuko Obuchi on Thursday ruled out the construction of new nuclear power plants anytime soon.
Japan Times
Aug 27, 2014
Experts want more debate on risks of volcanoes near nuclear plants
As Japan edges closer to the first restart of a nuclear plant under new tighter regulations, experts warned on Monday that it's difficult to predict volcanic hazards and called for more debate on the risks posed by volcanic eruptions.
Japan Times
Aug 22, 2014
40% of firms back restarting Sendai reactors in Kyushu: survey
About 40 percent of major companies in Kyushu and Okinawa want Kyushu Electric Power Co. to restart the nearby Sendai nuclear plant, a survey showed Friday.
Japan Times
Jul 27, 2014
Kagoshima residents near Sendai nuclear plant given iodine tablets
Local authorities hand out thyroid-protecting pills to more than half those living within 5 km of nuclear plant after it passes key safety hurdles for a restart in the fall.
Japan Times
Jul 22, 2014
Kagoshima nuclear plant evacuation plans 'flawed'
With the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture poised to be restarted as early as this fall, experts and critics are pointing to flaws in the evacuation plan drawn up by prefectural authorities, stirring doubt among nearby residents.
Jul 18, 2014
More needed than NRA safety nod
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively given the green light for restarting an idled Kyushu Electric nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture under safety standards updated a year ago. After a period of public comment and local government approvals, two reactors of the plant, in the city of Satsumasendai, could restart by yearend.
Jul 17, 2014
Responsibility for reactor restarts a hot potato
Regulators, politicians and bureaucrats bob and weave as the public asks one question: Who will take responsibility for the decision to authorize reactor restarts?
Japan Times
Jul 16, 2014
Disaster plans outstanding issue in Sendai plant restart, critics say
Anti-nuclear groups warn that the Sendai plant's reactors are far from ready to go online, despite Kyushu Electric Power Co. clearing a major hurdle toward their restart.
Jul 15, 2014
Sendai nuclear plant to clear safety hurdle
The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture is to clear an initial safety hurdle Wednesday, a key step in what is likely to be the gradual restart of an industry idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Jul 7, 2014
Japanese nuclear regulators to delay interim report on restart of Kyushu plant
The Nuclear Regulation Authority will delay unveiling an interim report on restarting two reactors at a plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, sources say.
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.
Jun 24, 2014
Kyushu Electric submits reactor safety papers
Kyushu Electric Power Co. submitted on Tuesday additional documents required for safety reviews of two reactors that are considered the closest to being allowed to restart among the country's 48 offline commercial reactors, a nuclear regulatory official said.
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.
May 30, 2014
Sendai nuclear plant evacuation plan may take 29 hours, Kagoshima says
The Kagoshima Prefectural Government estimates it will take about 29 hours for most people living within 30 km of the Sendai nuclear power plant to flee by vehicle in case of a serious nuclear accident.
May 23, 2014
Yoshida wanted his comments on crisis kept secret
The late manager of the Fukushima No. 1 power plant didn't want his discussions with the government on the nuclear crisis to be disclosed, a written request shows.
Japan Times
May 2, 2014
NRA raps Sendai plant for lack of safety info
Nuclear regulators said Friday that Kyushu Electric Power Co. has not provided enough information in a document outlining safety measures for two reactors the utility wants to restart.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2014
In test of post-Fukushima policy, town rallies for restart of reactors
For residents of Satsumasendai, their old nuclear plant jobs take priority over a quake they never felt and an atomic disaster they never had to deal with.


The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan