Oi nuclear power plant

NRA to designate nuclear plants for priority safety screenings
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said it will designate nuclear power plants for priority safety checks from among the six that are currently being screened to determine if...
Nuclear power backers picking up steam on reactor restarts
The Asahi Shimbun
Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster triggered feverish calls among citizens and even politicians to abandon the nation’s reliance on nuclear power.
Cheers and jeers over Oi reactor shutdown
Protesters voice their opposition to reactor restarts at the Oi plant, in Fukui Prefecture, and other nuclear facilities, during a rally in downtown Fukui on Sept. 15. (Tsuyoshi Shimoji)
For the first time in 14 months, not a single nuclear reactor is operating in Japan. For anti-nuclear activists, it is the development they have been clamoring for.
ANALYSIS: Future of nuclear energy still clouded even as all...
The Oi nuclear power plant, with the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors in the foreground (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is on the verge of being without nuclear power again with the scheduled shutdown of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s No. 4 reactor at the Oi power plant for a regular safety...
Anti-nuke protesters call for end to nuclear energy use
Demonstrators, including Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe, center in the front row, raise banners expressing their opposition to the resumption of operations at nuclear power plants during a protest march in Tokyo on Sept. 14. (Satoru Ogawa)
Thousands of anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in Tokyo on Sept. 14, a day before Kansai Electric Power Co. was scheduled to shut down operations at the only nuclear power...
NRA panel deems fault line beneath Oi nuke plant not active
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Members of an expert panel of the Nuclear Regulation Authority agreed Sept. 2 that a fault line running beneath the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture is not active,...
EDITORIAL: NRA must assess risks posed by a concentration of...
The Oi nuclear power plant, foreground, stands on the shore of Wakasa Bay in Fukui Prefecture. Three more nuclear plants, and the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor, are located along the bay. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
New regulatory standards for nuclear power plants that have just taken effect are considerably tougher than the old safety criterion in terms of requirements concerning...
Four utilities apply for safety examinations of 10 reactors
Anti-nuclear protesters demonstrate in front of a building that houses the Nuclear Regulation Authority in Tokyo’s Mintato Ward on July 8. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
Four electric power companies applied for safety examinations of 10 reactors on July 8, the day tougher standards took effect to prevent a recurrence of the 2011 Fukushima...
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...
Utilities to apply to restart 12 reactors at 6 nuclear plants
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Four utilities are planning to apply for permission to restart 12 reactors at six nuclear power plants across Japan as soon as a set of new safety requirements, approved June...
Utilities seek resumption of plutonium-thermal power generation
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two utilities in western Japan will seek permission to restart reactors for plutonium-thermal power generation, a key part of a program touted by the government but plagued by...
Safety measures to delay restarts of 2 Oi nuclear reactors
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, in the foreground, at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture are the only ones running in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Revised plans to build an emergency response center for the only two nuclear reactors running in Japan will delay the restarts of two other reactors at the power station, the...
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...
EDITORIAL: Kansai Electric Power should end resistance to tougher...
Kansai Electric Power is showing reluctance to comply with NRA’s requests concerning the safety of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at the company’s Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
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...
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...
EDITORIAL: Court issues timid ruling on grave issue of nuclear...
The two reactors shown at bottom at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture are the only two units online in Japan. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A recent ruling by the Osaka District Court on the safety of two nuclear reactors didn’t signal a shift in attitude on the issue.
Court rejects request to shut down Oi nuclear reactors
The Oi nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Japanese court rejected a petition to close down the country's only two operating nuclear reactors, in the country's first legal ruling on atomic power since the Fukushima...
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 ...
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...