Tag - nuclear



Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency start their inspection of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Monday.
Mar 25, 2024
IAEA assessing antiterrorism steps at central Japan nuclear plant
Tepco sees the plant's restart as integral to turning its business around after the nuclear meltdown disaster at its Fukushima No. 1 plant.
Yoshifumi Murase, commissioner of the industry ministry's Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, (left) meets Niigata Gov. Hideyo Hanazumi on Thursday in Niigata Prefecture in an effort to seek understanding for restarting Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings' Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 22, 2024
Local support sought for Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant restart
A representative from an agency of the industry ministry highlighted the "severe" energy supply situation in eastern Japan.
The National Ignition Facility’s preamplifier module increases laser energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory federal research facility in Livermore, California.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 21, 2024
Nuclear fusion backers meet in U.S. as competition with China looms
Scientists, governments and companies are racing to harness fusion to provide carbon-free electricity.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observs a ground test of a solid fuel engine for a new intermediate-range hypersonic missile, at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground on North Korea’s western coast in this digitally altered image released Wednesday.
Mar 20, 2024
North Korea's Kim oversees hypersonic missile engine test
The isolated country's leader compared "the military strategic value" of the new weapon as being on par with its powerful long-range missiles.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un watches a rocket salvo firing drill at an unconfirmed location in the country in this image released Tuesday.
Mar 19, 2024
North Korea's Kim oversees 'super-large' rocket launcher drills
The North has claimed the weapon has the capability to be equipped with a tactical nuclear warhead.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa speaks at a U.N. Security Council meeting in New York on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 19, 2024
Japan vows to launch new dialogue on nuclear material ban treaty
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa said that the "Friends" meeting aims to "enhance political attention" to the Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.
People walk past a television showing a news broadcast of a past North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul on Monday.
Mar 18, 2024
North Korea launches three ballistic missiles as top U.S. diplomat visits Seoul
The latest launches came as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Seoul for a multinational democracy summit.
Officials including Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, inspect equipment used to release treated radioactive water into the sea at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday.
Mar 17, 2024
Fourth discharge of treated Fukushima water completed
Tepco discharged about 7,800 metric tons of processed water in the latest release, which began in late February.
People who sought an injunction to halt the No. 3 unit of Kansai Electric Power's Mihama power plant in Fukui Prefecture hold up signs about the Osaka High Court's ruling in Osaka on Friday.
Mar 15, 2024
Japan court allows aging Fukui nuclear reactor to continue operations
The reactor became the first of its kind to operate beyond 40 years under new rules that allowed for service extensions of up to 20 years.
International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Thursday
Mar 15, 2024
Japan to give IAEA $20 million to support watchdog's activities
The aid is intended to support the IAEA's efforts to utilize nuclear technology to tackle global challenges.
Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an interview at the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 14, 2024
In preelection messaging, Putin less strident on nuclear war
In a lengthy television interview, Putin struck a softer tone than in his state-of-the-nation address last month.
Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa is expected to announce a plan by Japan to launch a new dialogue framework that aims to being negotiations for a multinational treaty banning the production of nuclear materials that might be used for weapons.
Mar 14, 2024
Japan to launch new dialogue on banning nuclear material production
Japan has asked other nations to participate in the envisaged talks.
China insists that for meaningful negotiations to occur, the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. and Russia must be reduced to levels comparable to its own.
Mar 13, 2024
China’s ‘minimum’ nuclear deterrence is still a threat
Estimates of the number of Chinese warheads range from 400 to 500, a striking contrast to the several thousand that the U.S and Russia possess.
Towers at the Fukshima No. 1 nuclear power plant visible beyond a port on Sunday
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 13, 2024
China pressing Japan to run compensation system for Fukushima water release
Senior Chinese officials presented the demand to Japan several times last year through diplomatic channels, sources have said.
"Tsushima: Fukushima Speaks Part 2" is directed by freelance journalist Toshikuni Doi, featuring the testimonies of people seeking the return of their hometown, which has been deemed uninhabitable for a century after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 12, 2024
Film poses moral questions about 2011 Fukushima disaster displacement
The 187-minute documentary focuses on the impact the accident had on the daily lives of people who are unable to return to their hometown.
The Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima remains an iconic symbol of the destruction of the atomic bomb on that city.
Mar 12, 2024
Hiroshima grapples with 'Oppenheimer' Oscars success
While locals would have liked to see more Japanese representation in the film, they are at least happy that some discussion is taking place.
Christopher Nolan poses with the Oscars for best picture and best director for "Oppenheimer," in the Academy Awards press room on Sunday.
Mar 11, 2024
The Academy gives Christopher Nolan's masterpiece its highest accolade
It is, in the words of its director, the story of the most important person who ever lived.
Barrels stored at the Energy Fuels White Mesa Mill uranium production facility in Utah
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 11, 2024
Uranium firms revive forgotten mines as price of nuclear fuel soars
Mines were idled in the aftermath of Fukushima, when uranium prices crashed and countries like Germany and Japan initiated plans to phase out reactors.
Schoolchildren wearing padded hoods to protect themselves from falling debris take part in an earthquake simulation drill at an elementary school in Tokyo in August 2018.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2024
13 years after 3/11, Japan's readiness for complex disasters remains inadequate
The Noto Peninsula earthquake has highlighted gaps in Japan's preparedness for a complex disaster, experts warn.
An image taken from a video shot by a minidrone on Feb. 28 shows the conditions outside the pedestal inside the No. 1 reactor at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 10, 2024
Combination of two options proposed for Fukushima plant debris removal
A government-backed firm has proposed a combination of removing debris exposed in the air and solidifying debris using a filler.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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