Tag - restarts



The No. 6 and No. 7 reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture in April 2021
JAPAN / Society
Dec 27, 2023
NRA lifts ban on operations at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant
When the plant will be reactivated remains uncertain as Tepco, the operator, needs to gain consent from local governments as well.
The Takahama nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, with the No. 1 reactor in the background
Sep 15, 2023
Takahama No. 2 nuclear reactor restarted after 12-year halt
The restart of aging reactors comes as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government is stressing reliance on nuclear power generation.
The No. 2 reactor of Chugoku Electric Power's Shimane nuclear plant in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, in September 2021
Sep 11, 2023
Chugoku Electric plans to restart Shimane reactor next August
The move comes as Japan aims to reboot more reactors to help diversify its electricity mix.
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Kenta Izumi speaks to reporters in the Diet building earlier this month.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 27, 2023
Some CDP leaders may accept the restart of idled nuclear reactors
Opposition to nuclear power remains strong in the CDP, as it has been a key plank in the party's platform since the party was created.
Kansai Electric Power's Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 3, 2023
Japan's nuclear restarts this year to hasten LNG import decline
Kansai Electric Power's plan next month to relaunch the last idle reactor at its flagship nuclear plant will mark an energy shift in Japan.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2023
Japan nuclear watchdog halts Tsuruga reactor safety assessment again
The latest suspension further prolongs a process toward rebooting the No. 2 unit at the Tsuruga plant in Fukui Prefecture, which has already taken years.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 24, 2023
Court rejects residents' call to halt Ehime Prefecture nuclear reactor
A High Court rejected local residents" call to halt the operation of an idled Shikoku Electric Power nuclear reactor in Ehime Prefecture.
Japan Times
Aug 27, 2022
Global energy crisis spurs a revival of nuclear power in Asia
Governments in Japan and South Korea are removing anti-nuclear policies, while China and India are looking to build more reactors to avoid future supply shortages and curb emissions.
Japan Times
Aug 24, 2022
Threat of blackouts drives Japan to embrace nuclear power again
The government aims to have a total of 17 nuclear reactors online, including 10 reactors that have already been approved to operate, to better prepare for possible energy supply shortages.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2021
Fukui nuclear unit halted after missing deadline for antiterrorism steps
Kansai Electric Power Co. now aims to make the necessary changes to the Mihama No. 3 unit around September next year and restart operations in mid-October.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2021
As Japan reboots 44-year-old nuclear reactor, experts sound alarm
Kansai Electric Power Co. restarted the No. 3 reactor at its Mihama station in Fukui Prefecture on Wednesday.
Japan Times
Jun 23, 2021
Fukui nuclear unit becomes Japan's first to operate beyond 40-year limit
The reactor had stopped operations after the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 plant triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2021
Three aging reactors in Fukui Prefecture given OK for restart
The prefecture's decision could set a precedent that leads to more aging reactors getting restarted instead of being scrapped.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2021
Tepco lapse a wake-up call for Japan's nuclear security protocols, expert says
The incident in Niigata is u201cof particular concernu201d because the potential security breaches lasted for months, a top expert in the field said.
Japan Times
Feb 1, 2021
Mayor gives Japan's first approval for restart of reactors over 40 years old
Takahama Mayor Yutaka Nose reached his decision after receiving assurances from the government that it would boost revitalization projects and the town's funding.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Explainer
Dec 9, 2020
Oi ruling could signal trouble ahead for nuclear reactor restart plans
An Osaka court has stunned the nuclear power industry with a ruling saying Kepco's calculations for standards involving earthquake safety were flawed.
Japan Times
Dec 4, 2020
Japan court nullifies approval of Oi nuclear reactor's safety steps
It is the first time a court has blocked government approval for a power company to operate a nuclear plant under new, post-Fukushima safety standards.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2020
As nuclear worries linger, Tohoku plant heads for landmark restart
The restart, the first in the northeast, comes amidst controversial restarts in the country's west and debates over the energy source's role in a carbon neutral target.
Japan Times
Nov 12, 2020
Tsunami-hit Onagawa reactor in northeast Japan gets final approval to restart
The No. 2 unit of the Onagawa plant is the first of the reactors damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster to win final approval with local consent to restart.
Japan Times
Oct 14, 2020
Tsunami-hit Onagawa reactor to get restart OK by year's end
The governor of Miyagi Prefecture would become the first to greenlight the restart of a nuclear plant damaged in the 3/11 disasters.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves