Fukushima nuclear crisis

Fukui nuclear reactors move big step toward restarts
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAKAHAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama plant here became the second nuclear power facility to receive the virtual go-ahead to resume operations...
Kansai Electric cites progress in prolonging lives of Takahama...
Workers check the No. 1 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Dec. 16. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
TAKAHAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Kansai Electric Power Co. showed progress in its plans to extend the operating lives of two aging reactors well beyond the normal expiry date of 40...
Citing idled nuclear reactors, Kansai Electric eyes another price...
Makoto Yagi, president of Kansai Electric Power Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With all of its reactors offline, Kansai Electric Power Co. is moving to raise household electricity rates for the second time after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster to...
Power rates to reflect decommissioning costs even after...
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, right, inspects facilities at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which is expected to be decommissioned, in November. (Pool)
Regional utilities will be allowed to pass on costs to consumers for decommissioning nuclear power plants even after the retail sale of electricity to households is liberalized ...
J-Power applies for safety check of Oma nuclear plant under...
The Oma nuclear power plant under construction in July 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Electric Power Development Co. (J-Power) applied Dec. 16 for safety screenings for its Oma nuclear power plant, currently under construction in Aomori Prefecture.
NRA head signals massive release of tainted water to help...
NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka, foreground, inspects storage tanks holding water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Satoru Semba)
The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog said contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant should be released into the ocean to ensure safe...
2014 CHOICE: Ruling, main opposition camp stay cool toward nuclear ...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gives a speech in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Dec. 11. (Ryo Ikeda)
Although the public is strongly divided over the Abe administration's pro-nuclear stance, the main opposition camp along with the ruling party are avoiding turning it into a...
Court orders ministry to identify municipalities in survey on...
Debris and rubble from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami are transferred to a school playground in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--The Osaka District Court ordered the Environment Ministry to reveal the names of local governments that agreed to accept or considered accepting debris from the 2011...
Student peddling Fukushima air to revive interest in nuclear...
Atsu, creator of the Tohoku Cans containing air from Fukushima Prefecture (Akemi Harada)
A teenager is selling cans of “Fukushima air” to shock the public into reviving debate over the 2011 nuclear disaster.
NRA draft plan to require ID checks for nuclear plant workers
Workers remove fuel in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 31. (Pool)
A preliminary anti-terrorism plan to create a system that requires identity checks for people accessing nuclear power plants has been approved by a Nuclear Regulation Authority ...
Thermal power reliance pushes Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions...
A thermal power plant in Yokohama (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions hit a record high in fiscal 2013, as the nation’s reliance on thermal power generation increased in the absence of nuclear power, the...
Global eco-radiation research institute opens in Fukushima
The germanium semiconductor detector at Fukushima University's Institute of Environmental Radioactivity on Dec. 3 (Yukiko Kiyono)
FUKUSHIMA--With its team of international researchers, Fukushima University’s Institute of Environmental Radioactivity moved into full-scale operation on Dec. 3.
British researcher blasts U.N. report on Fukushima cancer risk as...
Keith Baverstock speaks about a U.N. report on the health effects of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Masakazu Honda)
A British scientist who studied the health effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster panned a United Nations report that virtually dismissed the possibility of higher cancer rates ...
New technology to speed up detection of radioactive strontium...
Yoshitaka Takagai, an associate professor at Fukushima University, talks about the specifications of the new analytical equipment that can detect strontium 90 in less than 30 minutes. (Yukiko Seino)
New updated equipment that is scheduled to go into operation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in December will detect radioactive strontium 90 in contaminated water...
After failures, TEPCO to use special cement to prevent...
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The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant plans to fill in trenches on the coastline in yet another attempt to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into...
TEPCO starts transferring remaining unspent fuel from Fukushima No....
Workers transfer a nuclear assembly into a transportation cask inside the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has started removing unspent nuclear fuel from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building, which was heavily...
Nuclear watchdog panel: Fault under Tsuruga reactor is active
An aerial view of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A fault line beneath the No. 2 reactor of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant is indeed active, an expert panel of the Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded Nov. 19, drawing...
Diet passes legislation to remove nuclear waste from Fukushima in...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, hands a copy of the revised law to mandate the eventual removal of radioactive waste from Fukushima Prefecture to Governor Masao Uchibori in Iwaki on Nov. 19. (Takuro Negishi)
The Diet passed a bill Nov. 19 mandating that radioactive soil and debris from the Fukushima decontamination work be moved outside the prefecture within 30 years, a step toward ...
Fukushima rice cultivated in decontaminated fields served at...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, second from right, and Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba, second from left, sample rice balls in Tokyo on Nov. 19. The "onigiri" was made from rice harvested in Namie near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Teru Okumura)
The first rice crops cultivated on an experimental basis near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were used in dishes served at cafeterias of the Environment Ministry...
Nuclear operators push to open new plant, extend life of aging...
The Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture is currently under construction. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Across Japan, utilities are backing the Abe administration’s support of nuclear power generation by continuing construction of a new facility and seeking to extend the life...