Nuclear Power


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.

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 weaponise.

World, 21 Jul 2015

Japan nuclear watchdog says safety culture not good enough after documents falsified

TOKYO - Japan's atomic regulator on Wednesday said falsified documents at Chugoku Electric Power Co Inc related to radioactive waste showed the country's nuclear industry still lags on safety more than four years after the Fukushima plant meltdown.

World, Japan, 15 Jul 2015

Moment of truth nears for nuclear waste time bomb

FRANKFURT - More than half a century after the world's first commercial nuclear plant went into operation in the United States, the industry may finally be nearing a way to store radioactive waste underground permanently.

World, 19 Jun 2015

Japan faces dilemma over plutonium stored in France

TOKYO - Still dealing with the huge clean up after the Fukushima crisis and debating its future use of atomic energy, Japan now faces another nuclear conundrum – what to do with 16 tonnes of its plutonium sitting in France after being reprocessed there.

World, Japan, 18 Jun 2015

Russia not acting as responsible nuclear power - NATO commander

SWIETOSZOW, Poland - NATO's top commander said on Wednesday Russia's announcement it was adding 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal was not the kind of behaviour expected of a responsible nuclear power.

World, 18 Jun 2015

Japan to speed up return of Fukushima area evacuees

TOKYO - Japan plans to revoke evacuation orders for most people forced from their homes by the Fukushima nuclear disaster within two years as part of a plan to cut compensation payouts and speed up reconstruction, the government said on Friday.

World, Japan, 12 Jun 2015

Four years on from nuclear disaster, Fukushima workers get own rest area

OKUMA, Japan - Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility that runs the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant, has opened a rest area and canteen for cleanup workers, more than four years after the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

World, 04 Jun 2015

Japan's first reactor restart delayed to August - Kyushu Electric

TOKYO - Japan's Kyushu Electric Power said on Tuesday it has delayed the restart of its Sendai nuclear plant in southwestern Japan, the first to be brought back into service under new rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

World, Japan, 02 Jun 2015

Japan body approves plan for nuclear to generate 20-22 pct of power

TOKYO - A Japanese consultative committee on Monday stuck to a controversial government plan for atomic energy to generate 20-22 percent of the country's electricity by 2030 despite public opposition following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

World, Japan, 01 Jun 2015