nuclear energy policy

EDITORIAL: Government must face problems inherent in nuclear energy
A collapsed house blocks a road in the central part of Futaba town in Fukushima Prefecture on Feb. 25. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Communities became ghost towns overnight and now only an eerie silence prevails. In wind-blown shopping streets devoid of life, abandoned homes are becoming rundown and weeds...
Nuclear issue looms over prefectural gubernatorial elections
The proposed construction site for the Kaminoseki nuclear plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nuclear energy looks set to dominate gubernatorial elections outside Tokyo as local government consent is key to bringing nuclear plants back online or building new ones.
EDITORIAL: Continuing Monju project doesn’t make sense
The Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology doesn’t seem to grasp what should be the top propriety in nuclear power research and development right now, ...
CRUCIAL VOTE/ Toru Hayano: Abe to turn more aggressive on...
Toru Hayano (Photo by Izumi Sakurai)
The July 21 Upper House election could have a profound impact on the future of Japan for many years.
CRUCIAL VOTE: LDP, DPJ candidates in Fukushima say little about...
Abandoned cars litter the Morotake district that separates the Fukushima Prefecture towns of Namie and Futaba. (Satoru Ogawa)
A ruling party candidate in the July 21 Upper House election boasted about her achievements in dealing with the declining birthrate and addressed other issues facing Japan. But ...
Construction of new reactors could get go-ahead from new government
LDP head Shinzo Abe responds to reporters at a Dec. 21 news conference at the Yamaguchi prefectural government building. (Tadashi Mizowaki)
YAMAGUCHI--Shinzo Abe said his administration should review a freeze imposed by the outgoing government on the construction of new nuclear reactors.
Nuclear energy, economic policy focus of Lower House election...
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (The Asahi Shimbun)
With pressing economic and nuclear energy issues still to be settled, campaigning officially kicked off Dec. 4 for a national election that will determine the course Japan...
Nuclear power issue dominates election talk on Twitter
The Asahi Shimbun
On Twitter, nuclear energy policy is dominating discussions of the Lower House election scheduled for Dec. 16.
ANALYSIS: Hashimoto accused of dithering on policies
Japan Restoration Party head Shintaro Ishihara and Toru Hashimoto at a Nov. 28 campaign appearance in Tokyo (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
He came across as a decisive leader, the kind Japanese voters would warm to. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto struck a welcome contrast with politicians of established parties, such...
Prime Minister Noda wins re-election in overwhelming fashion
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, center, bows as he is declared the winner of the Democratic Party of Japan’s presidential election on Sept. 21. (Hiroki Endo)
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda was re-elected to the presidency of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan in a landslide on Sept. 21, assuring that he will retain his grip on...
Anti-nuclear activists turn to home movie screenings
Akiko Uematsu has helped organize a "monthly nuclear film festival" in the Yanaka district of Tokyo to enlist neighbors into the anti-nuclear cause. (Louis Templado)
Protests take on many forms. Some chant in front of the seats of power; others march. But another way to protest is to invite people into your living room to watch movies.
EDITORIAL: Japan needs broad public debate on its energy future
The government has laid out three different visions for the future of the nation's power supply. It plans to craft its new long-term energy policy by the end of August after a...
AEC chairman: major change needed in reprocessing nuclear fuel
Shunsuke Kondo (Photo by Hiroki Nishida)
Japan may be facing the possibility of not being able to reprocess all of the spent nuclear fuel from its nuclear reactors, according to Shunsuke Kondo, chairman of the Japan...
As nuclear power goes dark, France will need to change
Bernard Laponche
Though Germany and Italy are moving away from nuclear power, France is showing no signs of moving down the same path. Whether it wishes to or not, though, France will also have ...
Major parties back off from anti-nuclear rhetoric
From left: Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and LDP President Sadakazu Tanigaki (The Asahi Shimbun)
Politicians are quietly lowering anti-nuclear colors raised following the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant as Japan prepares for a second summer of energy...
Nuclear issues emerge as key topics in DPJ race
The nuclear crisis that has galvanized attention for months, along with nuclear power and energy policy, will be major issues in the Democratic Party of Japan's presidential...
Tug of war begins over new nuclear regulatory agency
Goshi Hosono, minister in charge of the nuclear power plant disaster (The Asahi Shimbun)
While the government wants to establish a new organization to regulate nuclear energy issues, bureaucratic turf fighting is delaying an agreement on what form that new agency...
Kaieda sacks 3 key officials over nuclear crisis, scandal
From left: Tetsuhiro Hosono, Nobuaki Terasaka and Kazuo Matsunaga (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
Trade and industry minister Banri Kaieda announced Aug. 4 he is dismissing three of his top bureaucrats. The move is apparently meant to hold them accountable for mishandling...
Kan promises thorough investigation of NISA scandal
Prime Minister Naoto Kan at a news conference in his official Tokyo residence on July 29. (Pool)
Prime Minister Naoto Kan said allegations that Japan's nuclear watchdog had asked electric power companies to manipulate government-sponsored symposiums on nuclear power...
Cabinet recommends cutting nuclear reactors
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan presented on July 29 an interim report on new energy policies. The basic thrust of the policies is that Japan will "decrease its number...