Fukushima aftershock renews public concern about restarting Kansai’s aging nuclear reactors — The Japan Times

” KYOTO – The magnitude-7.4 aftershock that rocked Fukushima Prefecture and its vicinity last week, more than five years after the mega-quake and tsunami of March 2011, triggered fresh nuclear concerns in the Kansai region, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Mihama plant in Fukui Prefecture. The aftershock came as the Nuclear Regulation Authority approved … Continue reading

Fukushima costs to soar to 20 trillion yen — Nikkei Asian Review

” TOKYO — The combined costs of paying compensation for the Fukushima nuclear disaster and the decommissioning of the plant’s reactors may be double the initial estimate, rising to more than 20 trillion yen ($176 billion), according to estimates by the country’s industry ministry. At the end of 2013, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry calculated the cost at … Continue reading

Japan tsunami highlights Fukushima nuclear plant vulnerability — Voice of America

” SEOUL — The 7.4 magnitude earthquake and small tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast on Tuesday morning tested the sea wall constructed around the Fukushima nuclear plant, that was the site of one of the worst nuclear catastrophes in history. The earthquake hit at early morning and was centered off the coast of the Fukushima Prefecture … Continue reading

Why the water cooling system at Fukushima nuclear plant stopped — Business Insider Australia

” The cooling system at the Fukushima nuclear plant is back online. Earlier this morning, officials were “trying to establish what’s gone wrong” at the Fukushima nuclear plant. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck 67km off the coast of Japan this morning, and tsunamis have been recorded hitting the east coast. Officials at the plant originally … Continue reading

Japan’s nuclear export ambitions hit wall as Vietnam set to rip up reactor order — Japan Today

” TOKYO/HANOI — Vietnam is poised to abandon plans for Japanese firms to build a multi-billion dollar nuclear power plant, damaging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s drive to begin exporting reactors after the Fukushima disaster left the industry in deep-freeze at home. … ” by Aaron Sheldrick and Ho Binh Minh read full article

Fukushima ‘ghost town’ uses dummies to fill sad post-3/11 void — The Asahi Shimbun

” NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture–Ghosts of the past are all around in this Fukushima town whose communities were decimated in the aftermath of the 2011 nuclear disaster. Less than one-tenth of Naraha’s residents have come home since its evacuation order was lifted, but some who did return have devised a creative solution to the population problem. Locals … Continue reading