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Abe administration steers away from nuclear-free policy
Demonstrators gather near the prime minister’s office in Tokyo on April 11 to protest the Cabinet's approval of the new basic energy plan. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Turning a blind eye to the Fukushima crisis and public outcry over the safety of atomic power, the Abe administration has decided not to pursue a nuclear-free society.
THREE YEARS AFTER: Majority of Japan's nuclear reactors face bleak ...
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors, shown in the background, at the Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture started operations more than 40 years ago. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Due to stricter government safety regulations, 30 of Japan's idled 48 nuclear reactors have no immediate prospects of restarting operations, at least in the near future,...
EDITORIAL: Nuclear watchdog should continue with reforms...
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to reactivate two reactors, seen in the background, at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nuclear power plants in Japan are going through a safety review by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), which they must pass to resume their operations. The review process...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Quake or tsunami? Panels at odds over cause of...
Isolation condensers and peeled thermal insulation are seen amid debris from an explosion at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2013. (Provided by the Nuclear Regulation Authority)
The thousands of families wanting to know what specifically led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster that turned their lives upside down might have to wait decades for an answer.
EDITORIAL: New energy plan falls short on ways to reduce nuclear...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, second from right, and industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi attend a meeting of Cabinet members involved in mapping out Japan’s energy policy on Feb. 25. (Shogo Koshida)
The Abe administration recently decided on the draft of a new basic energy plan, but the proposal still contains no specific measures to deliver on the government’s promise...
Eager to restart reactors, utilities increase spending on safety...
Workers install a filtered vent designed to lower the release of radioactive materials at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture in October 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Electric power companies are pouring hundreds of billions of yen into safety measures at nuclear power plants to ensure their reactors can be restarted and to pull themselves...
Japan's nuclear regulator raps Fukushima operator over radiation...
NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's nuclear regulator has criticized the operator of the stricken Fukushima plant for incorrectly measuring radiation levels in contaminated groundwater at the site.
Japan's nuclear restart bogged down in safety checks and paperwork
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulation Authority prepare to carry out safety checks at the Tomari nuclear power plant last October. Hokkaido Electric Power Co. is seeking to restart the plant. (Pool)
Hundreds of technicians and engineers are camped out in Tokyo hotels trying to revive Japan's nuclear industry, shut down in the wake of the Fukushima disaster almost three...
NRA tells TEPCO to reduce radiation exposure at Fukushima plant
Workers operate a nuclear fuel hoist above the storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Nov. 18. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Feb. 5 it instructed Tokyo Electric Power Co. to reduce radiation exposure among workers who are removing spent and unspent fuel from a...
Restart sought for reactor damaged in 2011 tsunami disaster
Tohoku Electric Power Co.’s Onagawa plant in Miyagi Prefecture (Jun Ueda)
In a step toward restarting its Onagawa nuclear power plant, Tohoku Electric Power Co. has filed an application with the government’s nuclear watchdog for safety checks, a...
INTERVIEW/ Allison Macfarlane: Waste disposal plan key to nuclear...
Allison Macfarlane (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
WASHINGTON--Countries that are set on generating nuclear power would be well advised to think first about how they intend to dispose of the nuclear waste.
Unprocessed radioactive waste in Tokai could explode if safeties...
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Tokai Reprocessing Plant in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Stockpiles of unprocessed plutonium solutions and liquid waste at a nuclear reprocessing facility in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, could boil and spew radioactive substances or...
NRA plan to implement use of personal dosimeters no easy task
A dosimeter lent to Fukushima Prefecture residents during a temporary visit to an evacuation zone (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's nuclear watchdog has recommended that people who evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 wear personal dosimeters once they return to their communities.
Nuclear power plants in disarray: Lack of waste burial site to...
A study is under way on the disposal of radioactive waste from decommissioning at an underground facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture. (Provided by Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.)
Work to decommission the nation's first commercial nuclear reactor cannot start for the simple reason there is still no disposal site for radioactive waste.
Creditor banks to loan 500 billion yen to TEPCO
The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s main creditor banks agreed to provide 500 billion yen ($5 billion) in loans after the utility forecast a fiscal 2014 profit based on assumptions it ...
Government to improve medical care response to nuclear accidents
Medical personnel receive training on how to treat patients affected by radiation exposure at the University of Fukui in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government is planning to enhance medical preparedness for nuclear accidents by designating "nuclear disaster hub hospitals" capable of treating patients with low-dose...
NRA approves simplified emergency protocol measures to handle...
A TEPCO official explains the operation of makeshift tanks for temporarily storing rainwater at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Pool)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority approved a request to simplify emergency protocol procedures to deal with rainwater that accumulates behind barrier walls at the crippled...
TEPCO forced to drain water overflow from typhoon at Fukushima...
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi, center, watches as a worker measures radiation levels in a water collection basin near the storage tank from where radioactive water leaked at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in August. (Pool)
Heavy rain from Typhoon No. 26 forced Tokyo Electric Power Co. to discharge rainwater Oct. 16 that was threatening to swamp the barriers that surround the radioactive water...
Japan and IAEA to jointly monitor seawater contamination off...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in August (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan and the International Atomic Energy Agency will jointly monitor waters off the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to gauge radioactive contamination in the sea, ...
FUKUSHIMA WATER CRISIS: Combination of TEPCO errors led to latest...
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Patience is wearing thin over Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s continuing series of blunders at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the latest one allowing more radioactive ...