Editorials Sep 4, 2016

Monju and the nuclear fuel cycle

If the cost problem finally spells doom for the Monju project, the government and power companies should also consider the cost-efficiency of the nuclear fuel cycle program.

Governors' moves muddle reactor restart bids

National | ANALYSIS Aug 31, 2016

Governors' moves muddle reactor restart bids

by Eric Johnston

Political moves by the governors of Kagoshima and Niigata over the last week, one sudden and one that was mostly expected, are likely to affect plans in both prefectures to restart or continue running nuclear reactors. On Wednesday, Kyodo News reported that Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi ...

Ikata nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor begins generating power

National Aug 15, 2016

Ikata nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor begins generating power

The Ikata nuclear plant began generating electricity Monday, ahead of its planned reconnection to the grid on Sept. 7, operator Shikoku Electric Power Co. said. The plant in Ehime Prefecture is one of only two nuclear power stations currently operating in Japan, despite the government ...

Editorials Nov 14, 2015

Problems with Ikata plant restart

Many concerns remain about the safety of the Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture and the feasibility of the evacuation plans, but the governor has given his approval to restart the facility anyway.

Ehime governor gives OK for reactor restart

National Oct 26, 2015

Ehime governor gives OK for reactor restart

Ehime became the second prefecture Monday to give a nod to restarting a nuclear power plant after the nation's reactors were idled in the wake of the March 2011 start of the meltdown crisis at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant. Ehime Gov. Tokihiro Nakamura conveyed ...

National Dec 22, 2014

Abe administration may up local subsidies to get reactors back online

The Abe administration is considering boosting the subsidies that municipalities receive for hosting live nuclear plants in a bid to overcome local resistance to reactor restarts, sources said Monday. The government is currently paying the cash even though all 48 of the nation's reactors remain ...