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 ...

National Oct 14, 2015

Kyushu utility set to restart second nuclear reactor

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said it will restart the No. 2 reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant on Thursday, the second unit to resume operations after dozens of reactors were shut following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Japan has been inching back towards nuclear energy, turning ...

Editorials Sep 14, 2015

End the nuclear 'safety myth'

The International Atomic Energy Agency's final report on the Fukushima disaster provides a stark lesson on the need to avoid slipping into the same old "safety myth" surrounding nuclear power.

National Sep 11, 2015

Kyushu Electric begins fueling second Sendai reactor

Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Friday it was loading fuel into the second reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant, bringing it a step closer to a planned mid-October restart. The No. 2 reactor at the two-unit plant will be the second nationwide to secure ...