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Japanese Nuclear Plant Clears Major Hurdle For Restart

AP | Posted 07.18.2014 | Green

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese nuclear plant won preliminary approval for meeting stringent post-Fukushima safety regulations Wednesday, an important step ...

Despite Accidents And Huge Costs, Japan's Nuclear Industry Remains Influential

Posted 03.12.2014 | World

By Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, Center for Public Integrity TOKYO — When Taro Kono was growing up as the son of a major ...

The Irresistible Target?

Center For Public Integrity | Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, | Posted 03.13.2014 | World

By Douglas Birch, R. Jeffrey Smith and Jake Adelstein, Center for Public Integrity ROKKASHO, Japan — Sporting turquoise-striped walls and massive...

Japan Says It Will Approve Fukushima Operator's Revival Plan

Reuters | Posted 03.17.2014 | Green

TOKYO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Japan's trade ministry said it would approve on Wednesday a revival plan for the utility responsible for the Fukushima nuc...

Japan's Last Nuclear Reactor Switched Off

Agence France Presse | Shingo Ito | Posted 11.16.2013 | Green

Japan went nuclear-free on Monday as it switched off its last operating reactor for an inspection, with no date scheduled for a restart amid strong pu...

Nuclear Power Ain't Going Anywhere In Japan

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 11.15.2013 | World

TOKYO — Japan once again has become without atomic energy as its only operating nuclear reactor went offline Sunday for refueling and maintenanc...

Japan Discovers Active Fault Beneath Nuclear Reactor

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.22.2013 | World

TOKYO -- Japan's nuclear watchdog on Wednesday endorsed a panel's conclusion that a seismic fault running underneath one of two reactors at an atomic ...

Japanese Nuclear Plant Operator Bailed Out To The Tune Of $12.8 Billion

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 09.30.2012 | World

ONAGAWA, Japan — The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's disasters received a 1 trillion yen ($12.8 billion) ...

More Than 100,000 Protest Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2012 | World

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) - More than 100,000 anti-nuclear protesters marched through central Tokyo on Monday to voi...

Nuclear Disaster Was Man-Made Crisis

Reuters | Posted 09.03.2012 | World

By Risa Maeda and Linda Sieg TOKYO, July 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Fukushima nuclear crisis was a preventable disaster result...

Japan's Return To Nuclear Power

AP | Posted 09.03.2012 | World

TOKYO (AP) — Nuclear power returned to Japan's energy mix for the first time in two months Thursday, hours before a parliamentary panel blamed the g...

PM: Japan Should Wean Itself Off Nuclear Power

Reuters | Posted 08.15.2012 | World

TOKYO, June 15 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Friday that the country should aim to reduce reliance on nuclear power as ...

Japan Shuts Off Last Nuclear Reactors

YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 07.05.2012 | Green

TOKYO (AP) — Thousands of Japanese marched to celebrate the switching off of the last of their nation's 50 nuclear reactors Saturday, waving banners...

RESTART THE REACTORS: Japan Sets New Guidelines For Nuclear Power Plants

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 06.06.2012 | World

TOKYO — Japan announced new guidelines Friday for how its nuclear power plants try to prevent disasters like last year's meltdowns, as the gover...

Electric Cars' Green Reputation On The Line In Japan

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.23.2012 | Green

TOKYO (AP) — Electric car owners who prided themselves on being green now find themselves in a bind as Japan's government maneuvers to restart dozen...

Nobel Winner Urges Japan To Abandon Nuclear Power

AP | MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 11.06.2011 | Green

TOKYO — Nobel laureate Kenzaburo Oe urged Japan's new prime minister on Tuesday to halt plans to restart nuclear power plants and instead abando...

Japan Premier Seeks Nuclear Power Phaseout

AP | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister said Wednesday he wants his country to learn from its ongoing crisis and become less reliant on nuclear energy. ...

TEPCO's Credit Rating Reduced To Junk By Moody's

Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

TOKYO - Moody's Investors Service cut its credit rating on Tokyo Electric Power Co to junk status on Monday and kept the operator of Japan's cripp...

Japan Notwithstanding, Few in Washington Will Ever Dare say No to Nuclear Energy

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The nuclear energy industry has perfected its financial marriage of convenience with the government over the past decade. And with the perennial scare of energy source depletion, few in Washington will ever dare say no to it.

Japan's Nuclear Industry Riddled With Scandals

AP | By YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TOKYO -- Behind Japan's escalating nuclear crisis sits a scandal-ridden energy industry in a comfy relationship with government regulators often willi...

Wisdom or Fatal Folly

Jonathan Granoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Granoff

It is supreme arrogance to think that we will not make mistakes of judgment, that machines will not err or that human negligence can be avoided. The tragedy in Japan is a strong and deplorable wake-up call.

State Of Emergency Declared At Second Nuclear Plant

AP/The Huffington Post | ERIC TALMADGE and MARI YAMAGUCHI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency says Japan has declared a state of emergency at another earthquake-affected nuclear plant where h...

How Bad Is The Nuclear Accident In Japan?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW YORK (Scott DiSavino) – The Japanese nuclear safety agency rated the damage at a nuclear power plant at Fukushima at a four on a scale of one to...