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Jun 8, 2012

Japan PM says two reactors must restart to protect jobs

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said on Friday he has decided that two idled nuclear reactors in western Japan must be restarted to protect jobs and avoid damage to the economy, adding that steps had been taken to prevent a recurrence of the Fukushima disaster.

The decision – expected to be confirmed at a meeting with key ministers – will ease worries about power shortages among firms in the region, including struggling electronics giants Panasonic Corp and Sharp Corp.

May 30, 2012

Japan PM says safe reactor restarts needed

TOKYO, May 30 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko
Noda, keen to restart idled nuclear reactors to avoid a summer
power crunch, said on Wednesday it was necessary to start those
whose safety has been confirmed, adding he was winning
understanding from local authorities.

Nuclear power supplied nearly 30 percent of Japan’s
electricity needs before last year’s earthquake and tsunami
cripped the Fukushima plant – the world’s worst nuclear accident
in 25 years. But all of the country’s 50 reactors have since
been taken offline for checks.

May 29, 2012

Japan starts atomic watchdog debate, reactor decision nears

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s parliament began a debate on Tuesday about plans for a new nuclear watchdog, raising hopes of a compromise after months of political bickering that has postponed a tightening of industry oversight after the Fukushima crisis.

The push to create a nuclear regulatory agency is part of Tokyo’s efforts to allay public concerns about safety as it nears a decision on restarting some of its idled reactors, all of which have been shut down in the 14 months since Fukushima.

May 25, 2012

Japan eyes smaller nuclear role but no exit strategy

TOKYO, May 25 (Reuters) – Japan is leaning toward a policy
of halving nuclear power’s share of electricity supply from
pre-Fukushima levels to about 15 percent by 2030, but will
likely stop short of pledging the long-term exit strategy that
many voters favour, experts said.

That would be a victory of sorts for a nuclear industry that
has been under fire since a huge earthquake and tsunami devasted
the Fukushima atomic plant in March 2011, triggering meltdowns
in the world’s worst radiation accident in a quarter century.

May 14, 2012

Japan assembly agrees to restart reactors, hurdles remain

TOKYO, May 14 (Reuters) – The assembly in a western Japanese
town that hosts a nuclear plant agreed on Monday it was
necessary to restart two off-line reactors, its chairman said,
the first such nod since all the country’s stations were halted
after the Fukushima crisis.

With power shortages looming in the region when demand peaks
this summer, the central government has been trying to win
approval from towns and prefectures that host reactors. All 50
reactors are off-line since the last one shut down for
maintenance on May 5.

May 14, 2012

Japan local assembly OK’s reactor restarts, hurdles remain

TOKYO, May 14 (Reuters) – The assembly in a western Japanese
town that hosts a nuclear plant agreed on Monday it was
necessary to restart two off-line reactors, domestic media said,
the first such nod since all the country’s stations were halted
after the Fukushima crisis.

With power shortages looming in the region when demand peaks
this summer, the central government has been trying to win
approval from towns and prefectures that host reactors. All 50
reactors are off-line since the last one shut down for
maintenance on May 5.

Apr 5, 2012

Japan government fears non-nuclear summer will hamper restarts

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government is rushing to try to restart two nuclear reactors, idled after the Fukushima crisis, by next month out of what experts say is a fear that surviving a total shutdown would make it hard to convince the public that atomic energy is vital.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three cabinet ministers are to meet on Thursday to discuss the possible restarts of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Ohi plant in Fukui, western Japan – a region dubbed the “nuclear arcade” for the string of atomic plants that dot its coast.

Apr 5, 2012

Japan rushes to restart reactors to avoid total shutdown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government is racing to get two nuclear reactors, idled after the Fukushima crisis, running again by next month out of what experts say is fear that a total shutdown would make it hard to convince a wary public that atomic power is vital.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three cabinet ministers are to meet on Thursday to discuss the possible restarts of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co’s Ohi plant in Fukui, western Japan – a region dubbed the “nuclear arcade” for the string of atomic plants that dot its coast.

Apr 2, 2012

Insight: Dynamic CEOs defy Japan Inc’s decline

TOKYO (Reuters) – When Yusaku Maezawa quit playing drums in a punk band to devote himself full-time to his business selling Tokyo street fashion on the Internet, his main goal was to have fun.

Twelve years later, Maezawa, 36, is the billionaire CEO of online fashion retailer Start Today, one of a clutch of growing firms led by a different breed of executives determined to avoid the errors of the global Japanese brands whose faltering fortunes are making Japan Inc synonymous with decline.

Apr 2, 2012

Dynamic CEOs defy Japan Inc’s decline

TOKYO, April 3 (Reuters) – When Yusaku Maezawa quit playing
drums in a punk band to devote himself full-time to his business
selling Tokyo street fashion on the Internet, his main goal was
to have fun.

Twelve years later, Maezawa, 36, is the billionaire CEO of
online fashion retailer Start Today, one of a clutch of
growing firms led by a different breed of executives determined
to avoid the errors of the global Japanese brands whose
faltering fortunes are making Japan Inc synonymous with decline.

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