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Japan nearly doubles Fukushima disaster-related cost to $188 billion

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TOKYO Japan's government on Friday nearly doubled its projections for costs related to the Fukushima nuclear disaster to 21.5 trillion yen ($188 billion), increasing pressure on Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) to step up reform and improve its performance.

Fukushima nuclear decommission, compensation costs to almost double: media

TOKYO Japan's trade ministry has almost doubled the estimated cost of compensation for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant to more than 20 trillion yen ($177.51 billion), the Nikkei business daily reported on Sunday. | Video

World, Environment, Japan, Nov 28 2016

Swiss reject quick exit from atomic power

ZURICH Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject a speedy exit from the nation's five nuclear power plants, as concerns over losing energy independence outweighed safety worries raised by the measure's proponents.

World, Nov 27 2016

Swiss nuclear exit vote raises prospect of more fossil fuels

ZURICH/FRANKFURT Switzerland votes in a referendum on Sunday on whether to make a speedy withdrawal from atomic energy production, a move that would reduce nuclear risks but raise reliance on fossil fuels from Germany or imported nuclear power from France.

World, Germany, Nov 24 2016

Vietnam abandons plan for first nuclear power plants

HANOI Vietnam's National Assembly voted on Tuesday to abandon plans to build two multi-billion-dollar nuclear power plants with Russia and Japan, after officials cited lower demand forecasts, rising costs and safety concerns.

World, Japan, Russia, Environment Nov 22 2016

Tsunami hits Japan after strong quake near Fukushima disaster site

TOKYO A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. | Video

Bulgarian ex-energy minister charged over nuclear project

SOFIA Bulgarian prosecutors charged former economy and energy minister Rumen Ovcharov on Thursday with mismanagement that led to state losses of more than 190 million euros ($200 million) related to a canceled nuclear power project with Russia's Atomstroyexport.

World, Nov 17 2016

German lawmaker says Europe must consider own nuclear deterrence plan

BERLIN Europe needs to think about developing its own nuclear deterrent strategy given concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could scale back U.S. military commitments in Europe, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said.

World, France, Germany, Nov 16 2016

German lawmaker says Europe must consider own nuclear deterrence plan

BERLIN Europe needs to think about developing its own nuclear deterrent strategy given concerns that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could scale back U.S. military commitments in Europe, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives said.

World, France, Germany, Nov 16 2016

Japan agrees second nuclear reactor life extension since Fukushima

TOKYO Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday approved an application by Kansai Electric Power Co Inc to extend the life of an ageing reactor beyond 40 years, the second such approval it has granted under new safety requirements imposed since the Fukushima disaster.

Environment, World, Japan, Nov 16 2016