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Kyushu Electric expects to restart Sendai nuke reactor Aug. 10
The No. 1 reactor, blue hole, far right, is seen inside the reactor building at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on July 8. (Jun Kaneko)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. will have the No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture back online as early as Aug. 10, according to sources.
VOX POPULI: Japan stuck with white elephant as ‘reckless...
The proposed new National Stadium project was approved by a panel of experts in Tokyo on July 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
White elephants are considered sacred in Thailand, but the English idiom “white elephant” means a possession unwanted by its owner but difficult to dispose of.
VOX POPULI: Will another nuclear accident occur? Never say 'never'
The crash site of a U.S. military helicopter in June 1988 is only 1.5 kilometers from the Ikata nuclear power plant, seen in the background, in Ehime Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In June 1988, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter crashed into a mountain in Ehime Prefecture, killing all seven marines aboard. The fiery crash left a smoldering gouge in a "mikan" ...
EDITORIAL: Judiciary sends strong warning to nuclear industry
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on April 7 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukui District Court on April 14 issued an injunction ordering Kansai Electric Power Co. not to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in...
Japan court halts restart of two reactors in blow to nuclear sector
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on April 7 (Kazunori Takahashi/ The Asahi Shimbun)
FUKUI--A Japanese court on April 14 issued an injunction to prevent the restart of two reactors citing safety concerns, in a blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to return...
Kyushu Electric eyes July restart of Sendai nuclear reactor
The No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on March 19 applied for a final safety check of its Sendai nuclear power plant in hopes of restarting the No. 1 reactor there in July.
EDITORIAL: Kansai Electric out of step with vision of reduced...
Makoto Yagi, president of Kansai Electric Power Co., front left, explains the utility’s plan to hike electricity charges at a meeting in the industry ministry in Tokyo on Jan. 21. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kansai Electric Power Co. has announced its intention to restart nine of the 11 nuclear reactors it owns in southern Fukui Prefecture.
Niigata governor scolds TEPCO president, rejects reactor restarts
Officials of Nuclear Regulation Authority inspect equipment at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Dec. 12. (pool)
NIIGATA--Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida on Jan. 6 remained adamantly opposed to restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant and chided the president of the plant...
EDITORIAL: Risks posed by nuclear reactor clusters left unaddressed
People opposing the planned restart of Takahama nuclear power plant demonstrate on Dec. 17 in front of the building that houses the Nuclear Regulation Authority office in Tokyo's Minato Ward. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Simultaneous accidents at multiple nuclear reactors could jeopardize the survival of the nation.
Fukui nuclear reactors move big step toward restarts
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAKAHAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama plant here became the second nuclear power facility to receive the virtual go-ahead to resume operations...
EDITORIAL: Proper evacuation plans needed before reactor restarts
Hideo Iwakiri, mayor of Satsuma-Sendai in Kagoshima Prefecture, announces his consent to restarting two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant on Oct. 28 after the municipal assembly voted in favor of the restarts on the same day. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
From Nov. 5 through 7, an extraordinary session of the Kagoshima prefectural assembly will deliberate on whether to agree to restart nuclear reactors at the Sendai power plant...
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...