Nuclear Power

Japan approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power

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TOKYO - Japan's cabinet on Friday approved an energy policy reversing the previous government's plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants, a move likely to be unpopular with a wary public following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

As Japan weighs energy options, costs mount for idled reactors

TOKYO - Since March 2011, Japan's government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that disaster - shutting down the nation's 48 remaining nuclear reactors for costly safety reviews that could see many of them mothballed.

World, Japan, 08 Apr 2014

Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

TOKYO - Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan's nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.

World, Japan, 02 Apr 2014

Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

TOKYO - Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan's nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.

World, Japan, 01 Apr 2014

Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted

TOKYO - A worker at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks.

World, Environment, Japan, 28 Mar 2014

Japan puts two reactors on shortlist for restart screening

TOKYO - Japan put two reactors on a shortlist for a final round of safety checks on Thursday, moving a step closer to a revival of the country's nuclear industry, three years after the Fukushima disaster led to the shutdown of all plants.

World, Environment, Japan 13 Mar 2014

The children of Japan's Fukushima battle an invisible enemy

KORIYAMA, Japan - Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside - fear of radiation has kept them indoors for much of their short lives.

The children of Japan's Fukushima battle an invisible enemy

KORIYAMA, Japan - Some of the smallest children in Koriyama, a short drive from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, barely know what it's like to play outside -- fear of radiation has kept them in doors for much of their short lives.

World, United Nations, 09 Mar 2014

France hints at aero, nuclear deals during Xi visit

PARIS - France expressed optimism on Friday over its ties with China in nuclear energy and aerospace in a sign of possible business deals when China's Xi Jinping makes his first trip as president to Europe in late March.

World, China, France, 07 Mar 2014

Russia says Ukraine "hallucinating" in warning of nuclear risks

VIENNA - Russia accused Ukraine of "hallucinating" on Wednesday after Kiev warned a U.N. atomic agency meeting of risks to the safety of its nuclear power plants in case of a Russian invasion, diplomats said.

World, Russia, 05 Mar 2014