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An anti-nuclear protester holds an umbrella decorated with chemical symbols during a march towards the Diet building in Tokyo late last year. Pic: AP.

Transparency and democracy must decide Japan’s nuclear future

By Wed, Aug 27, 2014 6:00AM UTC Comments Off An anti-nuclear protester holds an umbrella decorated with chemical symbols during a march towards the Diet building in Tokyo late last year. Pic: AP.

The story of nuclear power in Japan is one fraught with complexity. The country’s introduction to the power of the atom came in the shape of wholesale death and destruction, the likes of which had never been seen before. ...

3 years on: Events, questions mark Fukushima anniversary

By Tue, Mar 11, 2014 6:00AM UTC Comments Off The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex pictured before and just after 2011's devastating earthquake and tsunami. Pic: AP.

Three years ago an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck off the east coast of Japan. The Tōhoku quake was the fifth most powerful earthquake ever recorded and the strongest ever to hit Japan. The resultant tsunami triggered the world’s most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Powerplant experienced level 7 meltdowns, “major incidents” according to the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES)....

Japan’s nuclear taskforce declares Fukushima ‘emergency’

By Wed, Aug 07, 2013 2:24AM UTC Comments Off Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant. Pic: STRINGER/epa/Corbis

Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority taskforce has called the situation at Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant an “emergency”. This statement comes just a week after Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) admitted that contaminated water from reactors at the damaged plant has been leaking into the sea. Taskforce head Shinji Kinjo criticized TEPCO for downplaying the situation and...

Nuke plant utility: Some safety measures neglected

By Sat, Dec 15, 2012 12:25PM UTC Comments Off The Fukushima power plant seen before the devastating tsunami struck. Pic: AP.

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...

Democracy vs corporatocracy: Japan’s nuclear (non)phase-out

By Fri, Sep 21, 2012 7:00AM UTC 2 Comments Democracy vs corporatocracy: Japan’s nuclear (non)phase-out

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...

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