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Sep 27, 2014

Erupting Japan volcano leaves seven unconscious, 250 stranded

TOKYO, Sept 27 (Reuters) – A Japanese volcano erupted on
Saturday, spewing ash and small rocks into the air and leaving
seven people unconscious, eight seriously injured and more than
250 stranded on the mountain, officials and media said.

A thick, rolling, grey cloud of ash rose into the sky above
Mount Ontake close to where TV footage showed hikers taking
pictures. Trekkers and residents were warned of falling rock and
ash within a radius of four km (two and a half miles).

Aug 31, 2014

Fukushima fallout: Resentment grows in nearby Japanese city

IWAKI Japan (Reuters) – Like many of her neighbors, Satomi Inokoshi worries that her gritty hometown is being spoiled by the newcomers and the money that have rolled into Iwaki since the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost three and a half years ago.

“Iwaki is changing – and not for the good,” said Inokoshi, 55, who echoes a sentiment widely heard in this town of almost 300,000 where the economic boom that followed the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl has brought its own disruption.

Jul 16, 2014

Japan nuclear plant gets safety OK, key step toward restarts

TOKYO (Reuters) – A nuclear plant in southern Japan cleared an initial safety hurdle on Wednesday which could see it become the first nuclear facility to restart after the industry was idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

With Japan in its first summer without nuclear power in four decades, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to restart the country’s 48 nuclear reactors, as a prolonged shutdown forces the nation to rely on expensive fossil fuel imports.

Jul 16, 2014

Japan nuclear plant gets safety OK, may be first to restart

TOKYO, July 16 (Reuters) – A nuclear plant in southern Japan
cleared an initial safety hurdle on Wednesday which could see it
become the first nuclear facility to restart after the industry
was idled by the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

With Japan in its first summer without nuclear power in four
decades, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing to restart the
country’s 48 nuclear reactors, as a prolonged shutdown forces
the nation to rely on expensive fossil fuel imports.

Jul 9, 2014

Fukushima farmer takes on nuclear plant operator over wife’s suicide

YAMAKIYA Japan (Reuters) – A Japanese court is due to rule next month on a claim that Tokyo Electric Power is responsible for a woman’s suicide, in a landmark case that could force the utility to publicly admit culpability for deaths related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

In July 2011, nearly four months after the massive earthquake and tsunami that triggered a series of catastrophic failures at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Hamako Watanabe returned to her still-radioactive hilltop home, doused herself in kerosene and set herself on fire.

Jun 10, 2014

Independence of Japan’s nuclear regulator questioned after shakeup

TOKYO, June 10 (Reuters) – Japanese legislators approved a
reshuffle at the nuclear safety regulator including appointing a
commissioner who has received nearly $100,000 from
nuclear-related entities over the past decade to fund his
academic research.

Among the two commissioners stepping down from the
five-member panel at the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), one
is a fierce critic of safety practices in the industry.

Jun 4, 2014

‘Ring of Fire’ volcano risk the last obstacle for Japan nuclear plants

TOKYO (Reuters) – In the three years since the Fukushima disaster, Japan’s utilities have pledged $15 billion to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

But as Japan’s nuclear safety regulator prepares to rule on whether the first of the country’s 48 idled reactors is ready to be come back online, the post-Fukushima debate about how safe is safe enough has turned to a final risk: volcanoes.

Jun 3, 2014

‘Ring of Fire’ volcano risk the last obstacle for Japan nuclear plants

TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) – In the three years since the
Fukushima disaster, Japan’s utilities have pledged $15 billion
to harden their nuclear plants against earthquakes, tsunamis,
tornadoes and terrorist attacks.

But as Japan’s nuclear safety regulator prepares to rule on
whether the first of the country’s 48 idled reactors is ready to
be come back online, the post-Fukushima debate about how safe is
safe enough has turned to a final risk: volcanoes.

May 21, 2014

Japan court rules against nuclear restart in rare win for activists

TOKYO, May 21 (Reuters) – A Japanese court on Wednesday
ruled against restarting a nuclear power plant in a rare victory
for antinuclear activists after the Fukushima disaster, and
dealing a blow to government efforts to end a nationwide nuclear
freeze.

The ruling against the restart of a western power station
run by Kansai Electric Power Co was a scathing critique
of the Japanese nuclear industry’s risk management, but does not
block a restart under Japanese law as it is not a final ruling.

Apr 13, 2014

In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan town rallies for nuclear re-start

SATSUMASENDAI, Japan, April 14 (Reuters) – On the main road
leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a
construction crew is laying down asphalt to widen the evacuation
route in the event of a future disaster.

For many here, that’s a hopeful sight. It means they are
edging closer to re-starting two nuclear reactors that have been
an economic engine for nearly three decades in a remote coastal
town that has few other options.