National Jan 7, 2015

Kepco faces decision on aging Fukui reactors

by Eric Johnston

Kansai Electric Power Co. says it will soon decide the fate of 11 aging reactors, while Japan Atomic Power Co. maintains that the nation's oldest reactor will not operate beyond 2016 and is likely to be decommissioned. The two utilities conveyed the messages to the ...

Editorials Sep 14, 2014

Economic realities of old reactors

Reports that power companies are considering decommissioning older nuclear power reactors indicate that they are selectively weighing the costs of their meeting safety criteria that has been tightened in the wake of the 2011 disaster at Fukushima.

Commentary / World Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine's Chernobyl factor

by Bennett Ramberg

Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country's reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Editorials Jan 17, 2014

Problematic nuclear accord

Japan should start considering right now how and whether it will assume liability for damages and casualties if a severe accident occurs at one of the four nuclear reactors that Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is building with a French company in northern Turkey.