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UTILITIES

Japan Times
JAPAN
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
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2021
Japan’s historic power market rally triggers government probe
Most households and businesses won't be affected by the volatility, as nearly all power supply contracts are linked to rates independent from the spot market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 30, 2020
Japan net zero plan hits speed bump as small utilities balk
Hokkaido Electric Power Co. and Shikoku Electric Power Co. said this week they can't set deadlines to become emissions neutral because it's too costly.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 14, 2020
Tsunami-hit Onagawa reactor to get restart OK by year's end
The governor of Miyagi Prefecture would become the first to greenlight the restart of a nuclear plant damaged in the 3/11 disasters.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 13, 2020
Power firm JERA to shut inefficient coal-fired plants by 2030
The firm also said it aims to achieve net zero emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 30, 2020
Japan’s offshore wind backers see clean heir to coal and nuclear
Offshore wind could help replace facilities built during Japan's economic boom from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 12, 2020
Japan’s nuclear fuel imports almost zero in 2019 as industry stagnates
Only nine of the 54 reactors operating before the Fukushima disaster are currently online.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 7, 2020
Energy traders flock to Japan and its $136 billion 'dream' market
Power experts say the potential for price volatility and arbitrage in Japan are a trader's dream.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 5, 2020
Japan's industry ministry reviewing power line rules to bolster renewable energy
Under the current rules, distribution of electricity generated by coal-fired thermal power is prioritized and limited capacity makes adding renewable sources difficult.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / ANALYSIS
Jul 16, 2020
Japan’s phaseout plan forces utilities to rethink reliance on coal
After the Fukushima disaster woke Japan to the dangers of atomic power, utilities went back to coal. Now what will they do?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 5, 2020
Tepco unit launches giant vertical farm in Shizuoka powered by artificial lighting
The LED-powered farm can yield up to 5 tons of produce a day, making it one of the largest such facilities in the world and a boon to Japan's aging farmers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 9, 2020
Tepco plans ¥2 trillion green power push by 2030
The spending plans are among the most ambitious from Japanese utilities, which lag global peers in shifting away from fossil fuels.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 20, 2020
Second Kyushu Electric reactor halted over delayed anti-terror steps
The utility aims to bring the reactor back online on Jan. 26 next year after making the required changes,
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
BUSINESS / EXPLAINER
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 once again showed the dark side of Japan’s nuclear industry.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 25, 2020
Tepco may take 30 years to release Fukushima No. 1 radioactive water
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it may spend up to 20 to 30 years releasing contaminated water into the surrounding environment from its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 19, 2020
Ex-chief of Japan Business Federation set to lead scandal-hit Kepco
A former chief of Japan's most powerful business lobby group is expected to become the new chairman of Kansai Electric Power Co., sources close to the matter said Thursday, as the firm aims to improve governance following a corruption scandal.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 16, 2020
Kyushu Electric halts Sendai reactor due to delay in terrorism measures
A reactor at a nuclear plant run by Kyushu Electric Power Co. was halted Monday after the utility was unable to complete on schedule anti-terrorism measures required by regulators — the first such suspension under stricter rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.
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.

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