May 22, 2013
Japan's nuclear watchdog has endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath an atomic plant in western Japan is active, making the plant's restart...
May 18, 2013
Overly optimistic assumptions about the safety of nuclear power plants can result in huge damage if a disaster actually takes place. That is one of the most important lessons...
May 16, 2013
A finding that an active fault line runs directly underneath the No. 2 reactor of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in the western Japan prefecture of Fukui could deal a fatal...
April 25, 2013
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has effectively put a hold on Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.’s plan to start running its nuclear reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.
February 27, 2013
Japan’s 10 nuclear power plant operators said it will cost close to 1 trillion yen ($10.87 billion) to bring them in compliance with government-mandated safety standards on...
February 14, 2013
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is to inspect a building at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant that may contain evidence proving whether it was the powerful tsunami or ...
January 31, 2013
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Jan. 30 it may introduce mandatory background checks for workers at nuclear power plants as a way to prevent terrorist attacks.
January 23, 2013
To clarify a loosely defined government "guideline," the nuclear industry watchdog decided on Jan. 22 it will expressly prohibit reactor buildings and other key safety-related...
January 22, 2013
Japan's nuclear industry watchdog plans to apply stricter evacuation standards than the international norm for cases in which residents at risk from a nuclear accident need to...
December 24, 2012
American actor Charlton Heston (1923-2008) starred in "Ben Hur" and many other Hollywood films. Some people may also remember him for raising a rifle over his head and...
December 22, 2012
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has said that the Higashidori nuclear power plant operated by Tohoku Electric Power Co. in Aomori Prefecture sits on faults that are probably...
December 21, 2012
The new industry watchdog said faults under a nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture are likely active, an assessment that could have far-reaching ramifications for the operators...
December 11, 2012
More nuclear power plants could be found to be sited over active fault lines as the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) conducts safety reviews of facilities, experts say.
November 23, 2012
Additional errors were found on the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s maps forecasting the spread of radioactive substances from a serious nuclear accident, but the industry...
November 12, 2012
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...
October 13, 2012
Japan's government is to strengthen its ability to veto the construction of new nuclear reactors, by writing a new legal framework that gives it the final say.
October 05, 2012
We question whether the Noda administration is serious about reducing Japan’s dependence on nuclear power generation.
October 04, 2012
Having come under fire for reactivating two nuclear reactors ostensibly to avert power shortages during summer, the government now seems to be ducking responsibility for...
September 22, 2012
The head of Japan's new nuclear watchdog said Japan's two functioning reactors should remain active, despite the end of the summer peak demand for electricity.
September 20, 2012
Japan inaugurated a new nuclear safety agency Sept. 19, as part of moves to tighten oversight of a sprawling industry blamed for one of the world's worst nuclear disasters.
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