National Mar 7, 2017

Mayor gives OK to restart two Genkai reactors

A Saga Prefecture mayor approved a plan Tuesday to restart two nuclear reactors in his town, a step toward the resumption of the nation's third atomic power plant since the 2011 Fukushima disaster. "While taking the assembly's approval seriously, I decided to accept the government's ...

National Oct 6, 2016

Kyushu Electric begins inspection of Kagoshima reactor

Kyushu Electric Power Co. on Thursday started a scheduled three month-long inspection of a reactor at its Sendai Nuclear Power Station in Kagoshima Prefecture. The checkup requires suspending the reactor's operation and leaves only two reactors active in Japan — reactor 2 at the Sendai ...

Nuclear-power advocate elected Ikata mayor in landslide

National Oct 3, 2016

Nuclear-power advocate elected Ikata mayor in landslide

An advocate of atomic power plants has steamrolled his anti-nuclear rival in the Ikata, Ehime Prefecture, mayoral election, garnering more than seven times as many votes as his opponent. Sunday's election followed the resignation of the former mayor, who had backed the recent restart of ...

Kagoshima governor hints at dropping action to halt nuclear reactors

National Sep 9, 2016

Kagoshima governor hints at dropping action to halt nuclear reactors

Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono suggested Friday he may give up on his pursuit to have Kyushu Electric Power Co. immediately suspend the operation of two reactors at its nuclear power plant in the southwestern prefecture after the utility's president again rejected the request. "Thinking realistically, ...

Kyushu Electric rejects Kagoshima governor's call to suspend reactors

National Sep 5, 2016

Kyushu Electric rejects Kagoshima governor's call to suspend reactors

Kyushu Electric Power Co. on Monday rejected a request by Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono to immediately suspend operations of two reactors at its Sendai nuclear plant. In a meeting at the prefectural government office, Kyushu Electric President Michiaki Uriu handed the governor a written response ...