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 ...

Kagoshima governor inspects evacuation routes around Sendai nuclear plant

National Aug 19, 2016

Kagoshima governor inspects evacuation routes around Sendai nuclear plant

Kagoshima's recently elected anti-nuclear governor said Friday the prefectural government will review evacuation plans for residents near the Sendai power plant in Satsumasendai. "I found problems with the roads, evacuation drills and other things," Gov. Satoshi Mitazono told reporters during a safety tour of areas ...

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 ...

New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors

National Jul 28, 2016

New Kagoshima governor to seek suspension of Sendai reactors

Newly elected Kagoshima Gov. Satoshi Mitazono said Thursday he will seek a temporary halt on active nuclear reactors in the prefecture, currently the only ones working nationwide. "There are concerns over nuclear power plants following the Kumamoto earthquakes," Mitazono said of the April disaster. He was ...

National Dec 20, 2015

Nuclear disaster drill held near Japan's only rebooted plant

Following its reactivation earlier this year, a nuclear disaster drill was held around the country's sole working nuclear power plant on Sunday. About 3,600 officials and residents took part in the event to prepare for the possibility of a serious accident within 30 km (18 ...

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.