TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the disaster-struck Japanese nuclear power plant has acknowledged that the company long neglected safety measures intended to avoid and manage severe accidents while it was obsessed with fixing minor safety problems to improve operational records. Tokyo Electric Power Co. is struggling to reform itself, and earlier this year launched...
Being the only country ever to be attacked by atomic bombs and one of the few to experience a nuclear meltdown (just around year and a half ago), it’s not hard to see why nuclear power might be a controversial issue in Japan. In the aftermath of Fukushima, Japan even powered down its nuclear stations...
A couple of months ago I posted about the nuclear power ambitions and phasing out of nuclear power plants in both the East and West. Though the US is by far the largest user of nuclear energy with 104 plants, China is the country that is leading in the construction and planned construction of new...
It’s been almost a week since the Fukushima nuclear power plant crisis was declared a “profoundly man made” disaster by a parliamentary commission. The report by the National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) is very straightforward in it’s findings: that “the government, the regulators and TEPCO… effectively betrayed the nation’s right to...
Certain political voices in Japan are calling for a referendum on nuclear power, including trade and industry minister Yukio Edano. The PM, who recently stated that two of Japan’s offline reactors must be restarted to protect the country’s economy and its citizens’ livelihoods, is also open to a no nuke option, but is pushing a...
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