Tag - nuclear-power



JAPAN / Politics
May 6, 2014
Japan to work with France on future fast-breeder atomic reactor
Japan will join a French research effort to develop a new nuclear reactor that promoters say will use fuel more efficiently and produce less atomic waste.
May 4, 2014
Fukushima evacuation split 50% of families: survey
Nearly half of the families forced to move by the Fukushima meltdowns have since been separated by housing and work problems and children's needs, a survey says.
Japan Times
May 2, 2014
Anti-nuke activists plan 100th rally near Diet
Activists who have been rallying against nuclear power near the prime minister's office and the Diet building since 2012 are scheduled to hold their 100th demonstration Friday night.
Apr 27, 2014
Kawauchi residents OK'd for overnight stays in hot zone
The 276 villagers in Kawauchi finally get permission to stay overnight at their homes in the hot zone around the Fukushima No. 1 plant, but just 40 come back.
Japan Times
Apr 25, 2014
Costs keep mounting for idled reactors
Since March 2011, the government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that calamity — shutting down the nation's 48 remaining nuclear reactors for costly safety reviews...
Japan Times
Apr 16, 2014
Critics hit nuke power justification
The new Basic Energy Plan endorsed last week that underscores the need to continue to use nuclear power, marking an important milestone in energy policy since the 2011 Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster started.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2014
Renewables get raked over coals under Abe
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing the coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he'd use the Fukushima nuclear disaster to switch the nation to renewables.
Apr 11, 2014
Cabinet OKs new energy policy, kills no-nuclear goal
The Cabinet adopts a new basic energy policy that officially abandons Japan's zero-nuclear goal for atomic energy and aims to restart the nation's idled reactors instead.
Apr 11, 2014
Energy plan looks to the past
The Abe government's new Basic Energy Plan fails to set a clear direction for the nation's energy policy, which has been clouded by safety concerns ever since three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted down in March 2011.
Apr 9, 2014
Hakodate's valid nuclear concern
The government and power companies should not dismiss the concerns of muncipalities that could be impacted by nuclear accidents but have no say in their operations.
Apr 6, 2014
Nuclear emergency evacuation plans lagging in 11 prefectures: survey
Efforts to estimate residential evacuation times for nuclear power plant accidents are behind schedule in several prefectures, a survey finds.
Apr 3, 2014
Hakodate sues to halt Oma MOX reactor
Citing safety concerns, the city of Hakodate in Hokkaido on Thursday sued the state and Electric Power Development Co. to halt the construction of a nuclear reactor based on mixed oxide fuel at a plant about 23 km across the sea in Oma, Aomori Prefecture.
Apr 2, 2014
Fishermen give Tepco green light
Fishermen have given Tepco a green light to attempt to reduce the flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by diverting it directly into the sea.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2014
The Fukushima disaster: Three years on, who's fooling whom?
Japan's new Basic Energy Plan sees nuclear power as an important base load energy source. But whatever 'base load' means politically, the public is lulled — fooled — into a sense that, despite Fukushima, nuclear will remain a logistically viable long-term option.
Mar 30, 2014
Reducing plutonium stockpiles
To reduce its stockpiles of plutonium, Japan should consider giving up its nuclear fuel cycle program.
Mar 23, 2014
Nuclear peril should galvanize Asian leadership
This week leaders from around the world gather in the Netherlands at the third Nuclear Security Summit to discuss and agree on actions that should be taken to reduce nuclear risks in Asia and elsewhere.
Japan Times
Mar 22, 2014
Energy debate challenges facade of wa
Torn between his nationalistic instinct to resurrect what he seems to regard as Japan's great bygone days of empire-building and the mundane demands of caring for the pressing needs of his nation, a remarkably caring soul might almost feel sorry for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during his first months in...
Mar 18, 2014
Combating climate change
Britain's former ambassador to Japan urges public pressure on governments to stop their shilly-shalling over unresolved questions about whether human activity is contributing the most to climate change and to get on with concluding effective agreements on curbing carbon emissions.
Mar 15, 2014
The Fukushima tragedy justifies nuclear skepticism
The findings of a Kyodo survey conducted in February this year reveal a stunning level of reluctance to restart Japan's nuclear reactors in the host cities, towns and prefectures that stand to gain from revving them back up.
Mar 14, 2014
Culture of safety can make or break nuclear power plants
On the third anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami and its devastating impact on Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima nuclear power plants, we need to understand why Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Onagawa Nuclear Power Station — which was even closer to the quake epicenter — had a drastically different fate.


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