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EDITORIAL: Restarting reactors not an issue for host city alone
Sendai nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The municipal assembly of Satsuma-Sendai in Kagoshima Prefecture on Oct. 28 voted in favor of restarting the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, which...
ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose planned restart of Kyushu reactors
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly 60 percent of citizens are opposed to the planned restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, the first such restart under tougher...
EDITORIAL: Abe needs to get priorities right before reactor...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government has required all prefectural and municipal entities within a 30-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants to have their own emergency response plans.
EDITORIAL: Court ruling on Oi nuclear plant should be accepted
Carrying a large banner, a group of plaintiffs opposed to restarting of the Oi nuclear power plant heads to the Fukui District Court in Fukui, Fukui Prefecture, to hear the court’s ruling on May 21. (Masaki Yamamoto)
The Fukui District Court’s ruling May 21 on the Oi nuclear power plant is a sober judgment that fully reflects the lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster....
ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose restart of nuclear reactors
The Asahi Shimbun
A majority of respondents continue to oppose bringing idle nuclear reactors back online, despite moves by the Abe administration to allow restarts as soon as this summer,...
Demonstrators turn out in force in Kagoshima to oppose Sendai...
An estimated 6,000 demonstrators rallied in Kagoshima city on March 16 to protest the potential restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
KAGOSHIMA--An estimated 6,000 anti-nuclear activists rallied on March 16 here to protest the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision to short-list reactors at the Sendai...
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: Experts debate on whether Japan needs nuclear...
Kazuhiro Ueta, right, and Tsutomu Toichi (Photos by Takashi Ebuchi)
Once largely taken for granted, Japan’s electricity supply has remained a hotly disputed issue on a number of fronts since the Fukushima nuclear disaster started in March...
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...
INTERVIEW: Kan blasts plan to restart Hamaoka nuclear plant
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan talks to The Asahi Shimbun on Feb. 14. (Hitoshi Kujiraoka)
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who effectively shut down the Hamaoka nuclear plant following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, criticized as “radically wrong” preparations to...
Top nuclear regulator: Safety screenings unlikely to finish before ...
Members of the Nuclear Regulation Authority carry out safety checks at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture last September. Kyushu Electric Power Co. is seeking to restart the plant. (Pool)
The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said it is unlikely any of Japan’s idled reactors will be reactivated this fiscal year as operators try to comply with tightened...
EDITORIAL: Nuclear safety myth is raising its ugly head again
Residents of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, arrive in Saitama on March 19, 2011, for evacuation from the Fukushima nuclear accident. More than 30 buses were used. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Electric power companies have filed formal applications with the Nuclear Regulation Authority for permission to restart 14 idled nuclear reactors on grounds the facilities meet ...
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 ...
Fukushima water crisis threatens TEPCO's plan to restart reactors...
Workers mount a tank component of filtered venting equipment on the No. 7 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Oct. 22. (Kohei Tomida)
KASHIWAZAKI, Niigata Prefecture--The growing problem of radioactive water at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is stymieing attempts by Tokyo Electric Power Co....
TEPCO implements new safety measures in bid to restart Niigata...
Filtered venting equipment is being installed at the No. 1 reactor of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Oct. 2. (Takashi Ebuchi)
KASHIWAZAKI, Niigata Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co. is installing new venting equipment at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant here as part of efforts to win approval to ...
Tokyo rally protests moves to restart Kashiwazaki-Kariwa reactors
Demonstrators outside the prime minister’s office in Tokyo’s Nagatacho district on Sept. 27 protest moves to restart reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in Niigata Prefecture. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied in central Tokyo on Sept. 27 to oppose Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s moves to restart two reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant in...
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,...
Revised tsunami projection dashes hopes of early Takahama reactor...
The No. 3 reactor, left, and the No. 4 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A revised estimate of maximum tsunami heights means additional measures are needed at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture before the go-ahead can be given to...
EDITORIAL: NRA must stand its ground, not cave in to pressure to...
A Japan Atomic Power Co. official discusses July 11 a study on the fault line that runs beneath the Tsuruga No. 2 nuclear power plant. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Liberal Democratic Party, which makes no bones about its eagerness to power back up the nation’s idled nuclear reactors, can expect to remain in a dominant position...
Utilities cheer LDP victory, nuclear opponents disappointed
Shikoku Electric Power Co. applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority to restart the No. 3 reactor at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture on July 8. (Yuriko Suzuki)
The ruling coalition’s overwhelming election victory will likely further accelerate moves toward restarting Japan’s idle nuclear reactors while dashing hopes for the...