Nuclear Power

Japan restarts reactor in test of Abe's nuclear policy


TOKYO/SATSUMASENDAI - Japan has restarted a nuclear reactor for the first time under new safety standards put in place since the Fukushima disaster in 2011, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to reassure a nervous public that the industry is now safe. | Video

Japan to restart reactor in test of Abe's nuclear policy

TOKYO/SATSUMASENDAI - Japan is due to switch on a nuclear reactor for the first time in nearly two years on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to reassure a nervous public that tougher standards mean the sector is now safe after the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

World, Environment, Japan, 10 Aug 2015

Japan PM Abe's support slips, majority oppose nuclear restart

TOKYO - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has slipped to just over 30 percent and a majority oppose the planned restart of a nuclear reactor that went offline after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, a poll by the Mainichi newspaper showed on Monday.

World, Japan, 10 Aug 2015

Japan A-bomb survivors speak out against nuclear power, decry Abe’s view of war

FUKUSHIMA CITY, Japan - When Atsushi Hoshino set out to revive a group representing atomic bomb survivors in the rural northeast Japanese prefecture of Fukushima 30 years ago, one topic was taboo - criticizing the nuclear power industry upon which many relied for jobs.

World, Japan, 04 Aug 2015

Japan's Kyushu Electric aims to restart first reactor Aug 10

TOKYO - Kyushu Electric Power Co said on Friday it planned to begin starting up a reactor on Aug. 10, the first attempt to reboot Japan's nuclear industry in nearly two years after the sector was shut down in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

World, Japan, 31 Jul 2015

Tokyo Electric executives to be charged over Fukushima nuclear disaster

TOKYO - A Japanese civilian judiciary panel on Friday forced prosecutors to indict three former Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) executives for failing to take measures to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

World, Japan, 31 Jul 2015

Brazil nuclear leader's arrest may stymie its atomic ambitions

RIO DE JANEIRO - The arrest of the longtime head of Brazil's nuclear energy utility on corruption charges could disrupt a plan to revive Brazilian nuclear ambitions whose roots go back to its atomic-bomb program in the 1980s.

World, Brazil, 30 Jul 2015

Two Brazilian executives arrested as Petrobras probe hits utility

CURITIBA, Brazil - Brazilian police on Tuesday arrested two executives involved in building a nuclear power plant for Eletrobras, pulling the state-run utility into a corruption scandal that has engulfed government-owned oil company Petrobras.

Japan approves increase in Fukushima compensation to $57 billion

TOKYO - Japan on Tuesday approved an increase in compensation payments for the Fukushima crisis to 7.07 trillion yen ($57.18 billion), as tens of thousands of evacuees remain in temporary housing more than four years after the disaster.

World, Japan, 28 Jul 2015

Saudi Arabia considers its own nuclear options after Iran deal

RIYADH - One likely Saudi Arabian response to the deal its biggest enemy Iran has struck with world powers is to accelerate its own nuclear power plans, creating an atomic infrastructure it could, one day, seek to weaponize.

World, Politics, Saudi Arabia, 21 Jul 2015