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Increased fuel costs force KEPCO to mull household electricity...
Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Amid its failure to restart idled nuclear reactors, Kansai Electric Power Co. is considering raising household electricity rates again by around 10 percent due to the increased ...
KEPCO trying to lure people from homes on hot days with online...
The Asahi Shimbun
OSAKA--Kansai Electric Power Co. has come up with a novel way to reduce day-time electricity consumption in households during the hottest days of summer.
Ahead of secrets law, information concealed on nuclear facilities
A rally is held in front of the head office of Kansai Electric Power Co. in Osaka to protest the restart of nuclear reactors on April 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kiyohiko Yamada has studied the situation surrounding the problem-plagued nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Aomori Prefecture for a quarter-century, but the information he...
S. Korea to widen safety probe on certificates for nuclear reactor ...
SEOUL--South Korea's nuclear watchdog said on Feb. 7 it will expand its investigation of reactor parts manufactured or certified by foreign companies since 2008 to see if it...
EDITORIAL: Power industry must change its old-fashioned ways
A copy of the document the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan distributed to Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers (The Asahi Shimbun)
Will Japan's electric power industry ever change? We fear we sound like a broken record everytime we voice this thought out loud.
EDITORIAL: Kansai Electric should lose its smug attitude
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The only nuclear reactors currently operating in Japan are at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture. The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has decided to...
NRA gives pass to 2 Oi nuke reactors as showdown looms on tougher...
Kansai Electric Power Co.'s No. 3 reactor, foreground, and No. 4 reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
By allowing the continued operation of two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant until September, the Nuclear Regulation Authority signaled the difficulties it faces in...
In age of Abe, local governments still fight for nuclear-free...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture is operated by Kansai Electric Power Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government have abandoned a nuclear-free policy, largely ignored anti-nuclear protests and are accelerating efforts to restart idled...
4 utilities to apply for early screening for restart of reactors
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Four electric power companies are expected to apply to the Nuclear Regulation Authority in July for screening to restart eight idle reactors, sources said May 29.
KEPCO: 2 online Oi reactors meet new safety standards
The Oi nuclear power plant, with the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors in the foreground (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kansai Electric Power Co. has concluded that the nation's only operating reactors, the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at its Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, comply with...
Oi nuke reactors to stay online even when new safety standards...
The Oi nuclear power plant, with the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors in the foreground (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's nuclear authority said March 19 it will not order two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture to be shut for screening when new safety standards, yet ...
BIZ BRIEF: Sumitomo participates in Australian power business
Sumitomo Corp. and Sumitomo Australia Pty Ltd. announced on Feb. 15 the purchase of part of the ownership of the Bluewaters power stations in Australia, along with Kansai...
Nuclear watchdog to urge shutdown of Oi plant if active fault found
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (Photo by Makoto Kaku)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Dec. 27 it will recommend shutting down the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture if an active geological fault is found to run...
EDITORIAL: Nuclear Regulation Authority’s integrity being put to ...
Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulation Authority will carry out checks at three additional locations in the compound of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture to...
Watchdog inspectors divided on fault activity at Oi nuclear plant...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The patch of barren ground, center foreground, is one of the sites of the Nuclear Regulation Authority's on-site fault survey carried out on Nov. 2. (Yoshinori Mizuno)
The government's nuclear industry watchdog on Nov. 2 inspected a geological fault line at the site of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, which some experts suspect ...
INSIGHT: Utilities clamor for reactor restarts despite meeting...
The Oi nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Electric power companies are becoming increasingly desperate to restart their nuclear plants to stay afloat, warning of rate hikes and blackouts if their reactors remain...
Second Japan nuclear unit resumes power generation
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, foreground, at the Oi nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kansai Electric Power Co. said its 1,180-megawatt No. 4 reactor at its Oi nuclear plant resumed supplying electricity to the grid on July 21, Japan's second nuclear unit to...
No. 4 reactor at Oi nuclear power plant goes back online
Tight security is maintained at an entrance to the Oi nuclear power plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture, on July 18. (Reo Takahashi)
OI, Fukui Prefecture--Kansai Electric Power Co. restarted the No. 4 reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant here at 9 p.m. on July 18, marking the second of Japan's 50 idled...
EDITORIAL: KEPCO doesn't need to restart No. 4 reactor at Oi plant
As soon as the "tsuyu" rainy season was declared officially over for the Kanto, Koshin, Tokai, Kinki, Chugoku and Shikoku regions on July 17, the mercury soared above 35...
Numerical power saving targets attained in first week of July
A signboard at JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka on July 2 says some services operated by Kyushu Railway Co. will be suspended to help save on power. (Azumi Fukuoka)
Scrimping on electricity usage by households and businesses across Japan helped the government attain its numerical energy-saving targets for the first week of July and avert a ...