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The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power's Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
May 30, 2024
Two more Takahama reactors allowed to operate for 20 more years
The Takahama No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are the seventh and eighth to receive such approval in the country.
In 2023, Bryan Eastlake (left) began a three-year contract with the local Takahama tourism association to write, post photos and otherwise promote the small town in northern Kyoto Prefecture to a wider audience.
COMMUNITY / Issues / The Foreign Element
May 20, 2024
The new vanguard of rural revitalization efforts in Japan
Currently, the Regional Revitalization Corps has around 200 foreign residents working in different industries around the country.
Residents of Fukui Prefecture who filed petitions to suspend aging nuclear reactors at two Kansai Electric Power plants in the prefecture hold up signs in front of the Fukui District Court in Fukui on Friday, criticizing the court's decision to reject the decisions as "unjust."
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 29, 2024
Court rejects petitions to halt aging Kansai electric reactors
Plaintiffs claimed that the design basis earthquake ground motions for the plants are unreasonably low, given past past earthquakes observed in Japan.
Kansai Electric Power's Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
Nov 3, 2023
Kansai Electric applies to run Takahama reactor beyond 50th year
The No. 1 reactor at the plant in Fukui Prefecture is the oldest active reactor in Japan, having been commissioned in November 1974.
The Takahama nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, with the No. 1 reactor in the background
Sep 15, 2023
Takahama No. 2 nuclear reactor restarted after 12-year halt
The restart of aging reactors comes as Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's government is stressing reliance on nuclear power generation.
Kansai Electric Power's Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 3, 2023
Japan's nuclear restarts this year to hasten LNG import decline
Kansai Electric Power's plan next month to relaunch the last idle reactor at its flagship nuclear plant will mark an energy shift in Japan.
Japan Times
Jan 30, 2023
Takahama nuclear reactor in Fukui halted after alert goes off
The No. 4 reactor was halted after an alert went off warning of a rapid decrease in the number of neutrons.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2021
Three aging reactors in Fukui Prefecture given OK for restart
The prefecture's decision could set a precedent that leads to more aging reactors getting restarted instead of being scrapped.
Japan Times
Feb 1, 2021
Mayor gives Japan's first approval for restart of reactors over 40 years old
Takahama Mayor Yutaka Nose reached his decision after receiving assurances from the government that it would boost revitalization projects and the town's funding.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 12, 2020
Kansai Electric to sue former execs for damages over bribery scandal
Outside lawyers have concluded that five former executives inflicted some u00a51.3 billion in damages to the company.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Apr 20, 2020
Takahama mayor linked to Kepco bribery scandal re-elected
Yutaka Nose secured his fourth term as mayor of Takahama in Fukui Prefecture on Sunday, even though his town and he himself have been embroiled in a bribery scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco) and a former deputy mayor.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 30, 2020
Kepco vows to clean up its act after Takahama nuclear bribery scandal
Kansai Electric Power Co. on Monday pledged to improve its corporate governance after the former deputy mayor of a town that hosts one of its nuclear plants was found to have bribed company executives for decades.
Japan Times
Mar 29, 2020
A closer look at Kansai Electric and its gift-giving scandal
Earlier this month, Kansai Electric Power Co. concluded that scores of its employees had received cash and gifts worth hundreds of millions of yen from an influential politician in a Fukui Prefecture town where the utility operates a nuclear power plant. The revelations by Kepco's investigative panel...
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 15, 2020
Kansai Electric ordered to improve operations over bribery scandal
The government on Monday ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. to improve its business operations following a bribery scandal involving the former deputy mayor of a town hosting one of its nuclear plants.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jan 31, 2020
Japanese turn to crowdfunding to pay for public-interest lawsuits
When a Nagoya-based citizens group calling for the decommissioning of an over 40-year-old nuclear power plant kicked off a crowdfunding campaign in October to cover costs for ongoing litigation, it successfully raised about ¥3.7 million, 1.5 times the target amount, in about two months.
Japan Times
Jan 29, 2020
Kepco to halt two nuclear reactors after missing counterterrorism deadline
Kansai Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it would suspend operations at two nuclear reactors after missing a deadline set by the industry regulator to build counterterrorism facilities.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2020
Japan begins second removal of spent MOX fuel from nuclear reactor
Operations have begun to remove a rare type of spent fuel made of plutonium-uranium mixed oxide from a nuclear reactor in central Japan, operator Kansai Electric Power Co. said Monday.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2019
Kepco investigative panel admits it won't make year-end deadline for report on Takahama gift scandal
A third-party panel investigating the gift scandal at Kansai Electric Power Co., or Kepco, involving its executives and a former deputy mayor said Sunday it had interviewed over 700 people since October but would not be able to meet the utility's year-end deadline.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2019
News outlets take time to connect the dots in Kepco gift scandal
In September, media reported that 20 executives of Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco) had, for a decade or so, received almost ¥320 million worth of cash and gifts from Eiji Moriyama, the former deputy mayor of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, who died in March at the age of 90. The compensation was presumably...
Japan Times
Nov 22, 2019
109 Fukui officials received money in Kansai Electric gift scandal
A total of 109 current and former Fukui prefectural officials received money and other gifts, some worth up to ¥200,000, from a former Takahama deputy mayor who is at the heart of a gift scandal involving Kansai Electric Power Co., an investigative committee said Thursday.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals