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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 Mar 4, 2016

Volcanologists on NRA panel accepted donations from utility-linked firms

Two volcanologists tasked with advising on whether nuclear reactors should be halted due to nearby volcanic activity have received ¥8.1 million ($71,000) in donations from utility-linked companies, documents have shown. The Nuclear Regulation Authority appointed the two, both from Kagoshima University, as part of a ...

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 ...