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Abe making a mockery of energy policy at the expense of human lives
Four recent prime ministers have banded together to call for "no nuclear power" and express their opposition to restarts of nuclear reactors. But the current incumbent, Shinzo...
Major budget cut planned for radiation forecasting tool for...
The Asahi Shimbun
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is planning a major slash in the budget for a forecasting tool for the spread of radioactive substances that was at the center of a controversy ...
Paperwork forces Kyushu Electric to delay reactor restarts
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in April 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s failure to submit paperwork will postpone the resumption of operations at its Sendai nuclear plant, despite the reactors having cleared tougher...
NRA blames tsunami for equipment failure at Fukushima plant
The embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Japan's nuclear watchdog says the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 was almost certainly triggered by towering tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
COMMENTARY: Green light for Sendai plant shows lessons from...
Trucks used in construction work enter the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 16 after the results of the safety screening were released. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
It clearly hasn't dawned on the central government and Japan's electric power companies that it is impossible to construct a nuclear plant that is 100-percent safe.
Fukushima evacuees livid at NRA's decision on Kyushu plant
Protesters shout out their opposition to restarting reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant during a rally near the Diet Building in Tokyo's Nagatacho district on July 16. (Takuya Isayama)
Residents evacuated because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster were aghast at the decision that would allow reactor restarts at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima...
EDITORIAL: Too many vital questions need answering before...
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nuclear catastrophe that struck in 2011 raised a wide range of grave issues for Japanese politics and society. But none of them has been answered satisfactorily.
Kyushu plant reactors first to meet new safety standards; to...
Protesters on July 16 in Tokyo rally outside a building that houses the office of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, which is screening the safety of the Sendai nuclear plant. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said July 16 that two reactors at a nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture have passed safety screenings, the first under tougher standards...
EDITORIAL: Shiga poll outcome deals heavy blow to Abe’s nuclear...
Taizo Mikazuki, newly elected Shiga governor, gives a news conference a day after the vote on July 13. With him was Yukiko Kada, the current governor who is stepping down and a staunch advocate of Japan abandoning nuclear energy. (Tatsuya Gunji)
Voters in Shiga Prefecture gave a sharp “no” to the Abe administration’s rush to restart idled nuclear reactors.
Sendai nuclear plant set to restart without off-site emergency...
The off-site emergency center in Okuma of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was rendered unusable after the nuclear disaster in March 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture could restart two reactors in autumn without a crucial emergency facility in place to deal with a possible nuclear...
New nuclear watchdog commissioner received additional industry...
Satoru Tanaka, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An incoming commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority received payments from the nuclear industry until last month, raising fresh doubts about his impartiality at the...
Anti-nuclear activists ratchet up pressure to block restart of...
Holding banners and signs, opponents of nuclear power march to the local branch of Kyushu Electric Power Co. in Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima Prefecture, after a protest rally June 13. (Koichi Ueda)
KAGOSHIMA--More than 1,000 protesters assembled before the prefectural government building here June 13 to oppose moves to restart a local nuclear power plant.
EDITORIAL: Nuclear watchdog must not be made toothless
Kunihiko Shimazaki, a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, gives a news conference after an inspection of seismic faults off the Shimokita Peninsula of Aomori Prefecture on May 13. (Hiroshi Ishizuka)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a habit of trying to promote policy changes through political appointments. His administration seems to have employed this political ploy to...
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...
Doubts raised over ‘world’s strictest’ claim for new nuclear ...
Nuclear Regulation Authority investigators survey geological faults in a 40-meter-deep tunnel on the premises of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in February. (Pool)
Lawmakers and experts are questioning the Abe administration’s claims that its new safety standards for nuclear power plants are rigorous enough to allow restarts of the...
EDITORIAL: Governor’s doubts about nuclear safety should be...
The Niigata Chuetsu-oki Earthquake in July 2007 damaged this road near the No. 1 reactor of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture. (Provided by the Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
There are many reasons to doubt whether the administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which is keen to restart idled nuclear reactors, is really committed to ensuring that...
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.