Japan nuclear energy - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Japan nuclear energy


Fukushima reactor 'ice wall' nearly finished

Aug 22, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Fukushima s operator starts freezing the last section of a 320 million ice wall designed to combat widespread water contamination at the site of the worst nuclear accident in a generation

FINAL STAGE. This handout from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) taken and released on August 22, 2017 shows workers pouring coolant to freeze the underground ice wall around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Okuma, Fukushima prefecture on August 22, 2017. TEPCO/AFP

Japan's only working nuclear reactors can stay online

Apr 06, 2016 - 6:45 PM

A court rules that the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai power plant should be allowed to stay online

epa04412863 Protesters take part in an anti-nuclear power demonstration in Tokyo, Japan, 23 September 2014. Two reactors at the Sendai power plant, operated by Kyushu Electric, in Japan, passed new safety standards on 10 September, for the first time since the nuclear disaster at Fukushima three and a half years ago. The move brings Japan closer to restarting domestic nuclear power generation after the government shut down all of its nuclear plants in the wake of the reactor meltdown at Fukushima, which followed an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan court orders two nuclear reactors to shut down over safety fears

Mar 09, 2016 - 3:59 PM

The order would bring the number of operating reactors in Japan down to two

ORDERED SHUT. This file photo taken on February 26, 2016 shows Kansai Electric Power's number 3 (L) and number 4 (R) reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant in western Japan's Fukui prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan to send plutonium cache to US under nuclear deal – report

Jan 05, 2016 - 3:35 PM

It will be one of Japan s most significant overseas movements of plutonium since it transported one tonne from France in 1993 to be used in nuclear reactor experiments

Japan ends nuclear shutdown 4 years after Fukushima

Aug 11, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The restart comes more than 4 years after a quake generated tsunami triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima plant

RESTARTED. An undated picture provided by Kyushu Electric Power Company on August 10, 2015 shows the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, south-western Japan. Kyushu Electric Power Company/Handout/EPA

Japan nuclear watchdog OKs one more reactor

May 20, 2015 - 4:31 PM

The decision by the Nuclear Regulation Authority NRA that reactor No 3 at Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan meets safety guidelines comes after similar decisions on four other reactors at two different plants

Japan court rejects bid to block restart of two nuclear reactors

Apr 22, 2015 - 1:43 PM

The district court in southern Kagoshima prefecture turns down the challenge by local residents who wanted to halt the refiring of the No 1 and No 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant

In this file photo, an anti-nuclear power plant demonstrator holds a sign reading 'Opposed to restarting Sendai Nuclear Plant' during a protest against the restarting of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant of Kyushu Electric Power Co. outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, November 7, 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan court blocks restarting of two nuclear reactors

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:43 PM

The verdict comes months after the country s nuclear watchdog had given the green light to switch them back on

Deserted Fukushima town to remove pro-nuclear signs

Mar 10, 2015 - 12:51 PM

Deserted Futaba town which plays host to the crippled Fukushima Dai ichi nuclear power plant is set to earmark cash to remove huge signboards erected in 1988 and 1991

A view of a deserted street in a neighborhood in Futaba Town, where the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is located, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, 18 April 2011. Koichi Kamoshida/EPA

Japanese get anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Jul 28, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The move to distribute the pills started Sunday July 27 for those living within a five kilometer three mile radius of the Sendai nuclear plant

This picture taken on April 28, 2014 shows the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima prefecture. Jiji Press/AFP

Japan to lift part of Fukushima evacuation order: official

Feb 24, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Over the next two years up to 30 000 people will be allowed to return to their homes in the original exclusion zone

GROUND ZERO. Workers walk past the nuclear reactor three building seen from the coastal side at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan on November 7, 2013. Kimimasa Mayama/Pool/AFP

Fukushima operator to start dangerous fuel-rod removal

Nov 18, 2013 - 1:14 PM

It follows months of setbacks and glitches that have stoked widespread criticism of the utility s handling of the crisis

GROUND ZERO. A Tokyo Electric Power Corp.'s official (C) is standing in front of journalists at the H4 tank area at the Tokyo Electric Power Corp.'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo, Japan, 07 November 2013. EPA/Kimimasa Mayama/Pool

Japan shuts down one of two operating reactors

Sep 03, 2013 - 9:29 AM

The shutdown was aimed at allowing the operator to be ready for inspections legally mandated within 13 months of the start of commercial operation

Japan to abandon nuclear power by 2030s: report

Sep 12, 2012 - 1:04 PM

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda s administration will declare its intention to permanently shut down reactors by some time in the 2030s the Mainichi Shimbun reported citing unnamed government sources

This aerial picture taken on May 31, 2010 shows Hokkaido Electric Power Co.'s Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido prefecture. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS

Japan A-bomb survivors warn against nuclear power

Aug 07, 2012 - 8:18 PM

Nearly seven decades later the dwindling number of survivors of the Hiroshima atomic attack are raising their voices against nuclear power

MEMORIAL.People gather to pray at the memorial cenotaph for victims of a 1945 atomic bombing at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima on August 5, 2012. Tens of thousands of people attend services on August 6 every year to remember the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died in the bombings, either instantly or later from burns and radiation sickness. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI

Japan's TEPCO to drop nuclear exports: report

Jun 28, 2012 - 1:30 PM

Tokyo Electric Power Co is to abandon plans to export its nuclear power plant expertise as it struggles to cope with the Fukushima disaster news reports said Thursday June 28