Related Topic: Fukushima Response

Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Japan nuclear shutdown did 'more harm than good', study finds

Increased electricity prices and greater use of fossil fuels have led to more deaths following the Fukushima accident in March 2011 than the subsequent evacuation from the area surrounding the nuclear power plant, a new study shows. No deaths have been recorded as a direct result of the accident itself, but the decision to suspend nuclear power generation in response to it has contributed to loss of life, it says.

Regulation & Safety 29 October 2019


Court clears three former Tepco executives

Court clears three former Tepco executives

A Japanese court today acquitted three former Tokyo Electric Power Company executives charged with failing to prevent the March 2011 accident at the company's Fukushima Daiichi plant. The judge ruled they could not have foreseen the massive earthquake and tsunami that led to the meltdown of three of the plant's reactors.

Regulation & Safety 19 September 2019


Fukushima decommissioning moves forward

Fukushima decommissioning moves forward

Japanese ministries and other organisations are working together - with the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency - to deliver the ultimate decontamination and decommissioning of the former Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Progress is being made to remove all used fuel and debris from units 1-3, while the challenge of removing large volumes of treated water stored at the site is being addressed, speakers told a side event at the 63rd IAEA General Conference.

Waste & Recycling 17 September 2019


Tepco says it may scrap Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units

Tepco says it may scrap Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units

Tokyo Electric Power Company will consider the decommissioning of one or more units at its seven-unit Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, the company has informed Kashiwazaki City Mayor Masahiro Sakurai. The utility plans to restart units 6 and 7 at the plant, in Japan's Niigata Prefecture.

Corporate 27 August 2019


Tohoku submits decommissioning plan for Onagawa 1

Tohoku submits decommissioning plan for Onagawa 1

Tohoku Electric Power Company has applied to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority for approval of its decommissioning plan for unit 1 of the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture. The company announced in October 2018 its decision to scrap the unit as it said required safety upgrades would be too expensive and time-consuming.

Waste & Recycling 02 August 2019


Tepco declares Fukushima Daini for decommissioning

Tepco declares Fukushima Daini for decommissioning

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Company today announced its official decision to decommission the four reactors at the Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant. The company said in June 2018 that it was considering decommissioning the plant in conjunction with Fukushima Daiichi in response to local demands for a decision on the fate of the site.

Corporate 31 July 2019


Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Some residents of Okuma, the closest town to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, have today been allowed to return home. The evacuation order issued in 2011 has been lifted for the more mountainous and less inhabited western area, where around 380 of the town's former population of 10,500 lived.

Regulation & Safety 10 April 2019


Japanese energy policy needs clarity, says business group

Japanese energy policy needs clarity, says business group

Japan's leading business group has called for accelerated restarts of reactors, with the years spent offline to be added back onto their lifespans. The Japan Business Federation called for clarity in energy policy beyond 2030 to support development of the power sector to reflect significant social change.

Nuclear Policies 08 April 2019


Japan LNG imports fall as nuclear plants restart

Japan LNG imports fall as nuclear plants restart

Imports of liquefied natural gas for Japan's electric power sector are likely to decrease by up to 10% in 2019 following the return to service last year of five nuclear reactors, the US Energy Information Administration said yesterday.

Nuclear Policies 05 March 2019


Kansai reschedules restarts of three reactors

Kansai reschedules restarts of three reactors

Kansai Electric Power Company has informed Fukui Prefecture that the restart of units 1 and 2 of the Takahama nuclear power plant and unit 3 of the Mihama plant has been delayed as work to bolster safety measures will now take longer than originally expected.

Regulation & Safety 05 February 2019