Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
EDITORIAL: A more ambitious renewable energy target is feasible
A solar power station in Seika, Kyoto Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is considering an energy policy target of raising the renewable energy share in Japan’s overall energy mix to the lower half of...
Industry ministry seeks renewable energy ratio of 20% to 25% in...
The Asahi Shimbun
The industry ministry rejected a proposal by the Environment Ministry and is calling for renewable energy sources to supply “between 20 and 25 percent” of Japan’s...
EDITORIAL: Policy debate on energy sources needs viewpoint of...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A working group of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has started discussing Japan’s future energy mix. The group will debate which power sources should provide how...
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 ...
Energy plan overlooked flat-out opposition to nuclear power,...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government’s compilation of its basic energy plan ignored an overwhelming call from the public to move away from nuclear energy, according to an analysis by The Asahi...
'Reactor decommissioning town' planned to rebuild Fukushima
The Asahi Shimbun
The government’s reconstruction plans for Fukushima Prefecture include creating a town for 5,000 people tasked with decommissioning the crippled nuclear plant, but some local ...
Abe administration ignored massive public opposition to nuclear...
Anti-nuclear demonstrators rally in front of the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on May 23 for the first time after the Fukui District Court on May 21 ordered Kansai Electric Power Co. not to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Oi nuclear power plant in Oi, Fukui Prefecture. (Yosuke Fukudome)
More than 90 percent of respondents during a public comment period on the Abe administration's basic energy policy were opposed to nuclear power generation, according to an...
Government changes tack on finding disposal site for radioactive...
A study is under way on nuclear waste disposal in a 140-meter-deep tunnel in Horonobe, Hokkaido, in 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government plans to abandon its ineffective policy of waiting for municipalities to volunteer to host a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste, an industry...
Japan to use public funds to deal with radioactive water in...
The Asahi Shimbun
The central government is going ahead with a plan to use public funds in an attempt to stop radioactive water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from flowing...
Ex-industry ministry bureaucrat guilty of insider trading
Investigators with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office confiscate evidence from residence of Masaaki Kimura in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward in January 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former senior industry ministry was found guilty June 28 of insider trading and handed a suspended 18-month prison sentence, a 1-million-yen ($10,115) fine plus a surcharge...
Industry ministry behind private panel’s push for reactor...
People opposed to reactor restarts and exports of nuclear technology rally outside the prime minister's office during their weekly Friday night protest on May 17. (Satoru Ogawa)
The government’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy engaged in highly questionable behavior by helping a private panel calling for restarts of nuclear reactors to draft...
Japan manufacturing shows slight uptick in March
Toyota retailers in Nagoya, near the auto giant's home base, Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, report brisk sales in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's manufacturing improved slightly in March, with factory output rising 0.2 percent, while the jobless rate also fell slightly.
Planet's biggest storage battery for natural energy to be set up...
The Date Solar Power Plant operated by Hokkaido Electric Power Co. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The economy ministry said April 17 it plans to install the world's largest storage battery for natural energy at an electrical substation in Hokkaido.
Anti-nuclear activists protest government eviction plan
Anti-nuclear activists protest the government's plan to remove tents set up in front of the industry ministry on March 22. (Satoru Ogawa)
About 300 people on March 22 protested the government's plan to remove three tents that have served as a rallying point for anti-nuclear demonstrations in front of the industry ...
Streamlined energy panel has fewer anti-nuke advocates
Work continues on a structure to cover the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 1. (Hiroshi Kawai)
Only two anti-nuclear advocates remain on the pared-down panel of experts tasked with compiling Japan's new basic energy policy, making a dramatic shift away from nuclear power ...
Toshiba develops equipment to clean up radiation using dry ice...
Media representatives receive a demonstration of decontamination equipment developed by Toshiba Corp. (Ryo Kato)
Toshiba Corp. has shown off heavy machinery it developed to clean up radioactive materials using dry ice particles.
Government seeking 100 billion yen for decommissioning reactors
Workers remove debris from outside the damaged No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a potentially controversial move, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will seek about 100 billion yen ($1.1 billion) in the supplementary budget for the current...
BIZ BRIEF: Orix, NEC, Epco to offer home-energy batteries
Orix Corp., NEC Corp. and Epco Inc. announced Oct. 3 they are considering a new joint company that will provide energy storage batteries to households and sole proprietorships...
Ministry to request funding to study burying spent nuke fuel
The reprocessing facility of Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry announced that it will include research funds for "direct disposal," in which spent nuclear fuel is buried underground, in its next budget request,...