Daily News: japan

November 18, 2015

"Major work required at Rokkasho for new regulations" World Nuclear News / November 18, 2015 Completion of Japan's Rokkasho reprocessing plant and mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel factory have been postponed by around two years as work continues to comply with new safety requirements.... View Source ›

November 17, 2015

"Second reactor in Japan brought back fully online after Fukushima nuclear crisis" Japan Times / November 17, 2015 Kyushu Electric Power Co. began full-scale commercial operations Tuesday of the second reactor at its two-unit nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture after clearing final inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.... View Source ›

November 16, 2015

Mari Yamaguchi, "Japan fuel reprocessing plant delayed again, until 2018" Associated Press / November 16, 2015 The operator of Japan's nuclear fuel reprocessing plant said Monday it was postponing the opening to as late as September 2018, citing regulators' lengthy inspection procedures and time needed for safety upgrades.... View Source ›

November 13, 2015

"Japan regulator wants plutonium reactor operator replaced" Associated Press / November 13, 2015 Japan’s nuclear regulator has issued a rare warning to the science minister, telling him to disqualify the operator of a plutonium-burning reactor plagued with poor safety records.... View Source ›

November 5, 2015

Eric Johnston, "NRA’s ‘new management’ call for Monju reactor proves divisive" Japan Times / November 5, 2015 Two decades after a sodium leak and fire shut it down and nearly six decades after it was first conceived, the Monju prototype fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, suffered another blow Wednesday when the Nuclear Regulation Authority called for it to be turned over to another operator.... View Source ›

October 30, 2015

"Deadly 9.4 sieverts detected outside Fukushima reactor 2 containment vessel; checks stop" JIJI / October 30, 2015 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday that radiation levels of up to 9.4 sieverts per hour have been detected outside a reactor containment vessel at the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.... View Source ›

October 21, 2015

Mari Yamaguchi, "Former worker at destroyed Japan nuke plant confirmed to have cancer from radiation exposure" Associated Press / October 20, 2015 A man in his 40s who worked at the Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 disaster is the first person confirmed to have developed cancer from radiation exposure, Japan confirmed Tuesday.... View Source ›

October 20, 2015

Aaron Sheldrick, "Japan acknowledges possible radiation casualty at Fukushima nuclear plant" Reuters / October 20, 2015 Japan on Tuesday acknowledged the first possible casualty from radiation at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, a worker who was diagnosed with cancer after the crisis broke out in 2011.... View Source ›

October 15, 2015

Aaron Sheldrick, "Japan restarts second reactor at Sendai nuclear plant" Reuters / October 14, 2015 Japan restarted a second reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant on the southwestern island of Kyushu on Thursday, as the government pushes ahead with an unpopular return to atomic energy in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.... View Source ›

October 9, 2015

Yuri Kageyama, "Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation" Associated Press / October 8, 2015 A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.... View Source ›

September 22, 2015

Rick Noack, "The nuclear disaster at Fukushima didn’t have to happen" Washington Post / September 22, 2015 After a devastating tsunami left 18,000 people dead in 2011, Japan was about to face a potentially more significant disaster as several reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant started to melt down. More than 300,000 people were evacuated.... View Source ›

September 4, 2015

"Japan to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town of Narah" JIJI / September 4, 2015 The government is set to lift at midnight Friday its evacuation order for the Fukushima Prefecture town of Naraha, most of which is located within 20 kilometers of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.... View Source ›

September 1, 2015

Louis Charbonneau, "Fukushima-related child cancers unlikely to rise: IAEA" Reuters / August 31, 2015 An increase in thyroid cancer among children is unlikely after the meltdown at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant four years ago, but it remains unclear exactly how much radiation children in the vicinity of the plant were exposed to, the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said in a report released on Monday.... View Source ›

August 26, 2015

"Fishermen OK Tepco plan to dump water from wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into sea" Japan Times / August 26, 2015 Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday approved a plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to take contaminated groundwater that’s continuously flowing into the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and dump it into the ocean after removing most of the radioactive materials from it.... View Source ›

August 26, 2015

"Fishermen OK Tepco plan to dump water from wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into sea" Japan Times / August 26, 2015 Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday approved a plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to take contaminated groundwater that’s continuously flowing into the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and dump it into the ocean after removing most of the radioactive materials from it.... View Source ›

August 25, 2015

Geoff Brumfiel, "Particles From The Edge Of Space Shine A Light On Fukushima" NPR / August 24, 2015 It's one of the greatest, and most disturbing, questions of the Fukushima disaster: What happened to the nuclear fuel inside the plant? Now physicists are trying to shed some light on the problem using particles from the edge of space.... View Source ›

August 18, 2015

Kentaro Hamada, "Fukushima operator's mounting legal woes to fuel nuclear opposition" Reuters / August 17, 2015 Four and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, and as Japan tentatively restarts nuclear power elsewhere, the legal challenges are mounting for the crippled plant's operator.... View Source ›

August 12, 2015

Jonathan Soble, "Japan Takes Step Toward Reviving Nuclear Industry as It Restarts Reactor" New York Times / August 11, 2015 For more than four years since the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima in 2011, Japan has been debating whether it should permanently abandon a technology that went so disastrously wrong but that for years was seen as essential to its economy.... View Source ›

August 11, 2015

Alexander Martin, "Japan Restarts Nuclear Power After Two-Year Shutdown" Wall Street Journal / August 10, 2015 Japan on Tuesday restarted one of its nuclear reactors for the first time since new safety requirements were introduced after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, ending a nearly two-year period when all the nation’s reactors had been offline.... View Source ›

August 7, 2015

Anna Fifield, "70 years after bomb, Japan's Abe calls for a world without nuclear weapons" Washington Post / August 6, 2015 Japan’s prime minister called for an end to nuclear warfare Thursday as the country stopped to remember the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 70 years ago.... View Source ›

August 7, 2015

Stephen Stapczynski and Yuriy Humber, "Japan Heads for Nuclear Unknown With Reactor Restart" BloombergBusiness / August 6, 2015 Japan is about to do something that’s never been done before: Restart a fleet of mothballed nuclear reactors.... View Source ›

August 6, 2015

Kaori Hitomi and Mari Yamaguchi, "Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing" Associated Press / August 6, 2015 Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Thursday, with Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewing calls for U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to step up efforts toward making a nuclear-weapons-free world.... View Source ›

August 4, 2015

Kaori Hitomi, "Remembering, and saving, A-bomb's legacy at Hiroshima dome" Associated Press / August 4, 2015 The crumbling brick and concrete walls of the Atomic Bomb Dome, as it is known today, rise above the Motoyasu River. The bomb so devastated Hiroshima that there are few other reminders of the city that was here seven decades ago.... View Source ›

July 31, 2015

Kentaro Hamada and Osamu Tsukimori, "Tokyo Electric executives to be charged over Fukushima nuclear disaster" Reuters / July 31, 2015 A Japanese civilian judiciary panel on Friday forced prosecutors to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power (9501.T) (Tepco) executives for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.... View Source ›

July 30, 2015

Kumiko Mita and Shoko Oda, "Japan Quake Insurance on the Rise as Fukushima Shakes Confidence" Bloomberg / July 30, 2015 Japan’s insurance companies are pushing for an average 19 percent increase in earthquake premiums as they reassess risk following the unprecedented magnitude 9 quake four years ago.... View Source ›

July 8, 2015

Mari Yamaguchi, "Reactor in Japan being loaded with nuke fuel before restart" Associated Press / July 7, 2015 A Japanese utility on Tuesday began loading fuel into a nuclear reactor where operations are scheduled to resume next month in the country’s first restart under safety requirements set following the Fukushima disaster.... View Source ›