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    1. September 29, 2014

      Japan renewable energy curb could spark nuclear restart

      Two Japanese utilities, responsible for about a fifth of the nation’s power, say they have had their fill of renewable...

    2. September 12, 2014

      Japan’s Asahi newspaper sacks editor over Fukushima report errors

      Japan’s influential Asahi newspaper has sacked its executive editor in an effort to contain a controversy over its reporting...

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    1. August 25, 2014

      Abenomics: Off target

      Three arrows, six obstacles It is never a good sign for a world leader when golfing becomes an object of scandal. As Barack...

    2. July 14, 2014

      Kepco to pay customers to switch off in effort to reduce demand

      On hot days this summer, some Japanese electricity customers will begin receiving an unusual offer from their energy...

    3. July 13, 2014

      Beware the safety myth returning to Japan’s nuclear debate

      Is the “safety myth” creeping back into Japan’s nuclear debate? After Fukushima Daiichi power station melted down in 2011,...

    4. May 21, 2014

      Japanese court blocks plan to restart nuclear plant

      A Japanese judge has forbidden Kansai Electric Power from carrying out a plan to restart two idled nuclear reactors, saying...

    5. May 2, 2014

      Japan effort to restart nuclear plants delayed until after summer

      Moves by Japan’s government and electric utilities to restart nuclear power plants idled after the 2011 Fukushima accident...

    6. April 2, 2014

      Bailout requests colour Japan’s nuclear debate

      Renewed signs of the post-Fukushima strain on Japanese utilities’ finances emerged on Wednesday as Kyushu Electric Power...

    7. April 1, 2014

      Hokkaido Electric Power negotiates possible bailout

      Hokkaido Electric Power is negotiating with a Japanese government-owned bank over a possible Y50bn ($484m) bailout, in a...

    8. March 24, 2014

      Japan, Italy and Belgium hand nuclear material to US

      Japan, Italy and Belgium have agreed to hand over hundreds of kilogrammes of weapons-grade plutonium and highly-enriched...

    9. March 10, 2014

      Japanese film director turns his camera on Fukushima fallout

      There is a scene part way through Nao Kubota’s Homeland, the first Japanese feature film set in post-nuclear Fukushima, when...

    10. February 25, 2014

      Japan in U-turn over nuclear policy

      The government of Shinzo Abe is poised to declare its long-term commitment to nuclear energy, reversing the previous...

    11. February 9, 2014

      Masuzoe wins Tokyo poll with gradual approach to nuclear power

      A supporter of nuclear power backed by Japan’s national ruling party won a decisive victory in Tokyo’s gubernatorial...

    12. January 27, 2014

      Japan records worst trade deficit following nuclear shutdown

      Japan has unveiled its worst annual trade deficit on record, underlining the impact of the total shutdown of nuclear power...

    13. January 24, 2014

      Tokyo governor race turns into battle over nuclear power

      Racing to run Tokyo Fighting to be heard over the video screens that pummel Tokyo’s Shibuya district with adverts for pop...

    14. January 15, 2014

      Japanese utilities to unite to buy LNG

      Tokyo Electric Power, the company that owns Japan’s ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, plans to join forces...

    15. January 10, 2014

      Tokyo election race to spark nuclear debate

      When Shinzo Abe became Japan’s prime minister in an election just over a year ago, one issue was largely absent from the...

    16. December 15, 2013

      Westinghouse to buy 50 per cent stake in NuGen

      Westinghouse, the Japanese-owned engineering group, will announce within days that it is buying a big stake in one of the...

    17. December 2, 2013

      Japan pins hopes on increased use of solar power

      Less than 20 miles north of the hulking corpse of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Eiju Hangai, a businessman, is...

    18. November 15, 2013

      Japan in greenhouse gas emissions U-turn

      Japan has warned that it will fall far short of an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction target it set itself four years ago,...

    19. November 12, 2013

      Koizumi issues strong call for abandonment of nuclear power

      From a jittery public to the problem-plagued clean-up effort at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, Shinzo Abe’s attempt to...

    20. October 30, 2013

      Fukushima hurts nuclear revival hopes

      Japan’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics has reminded the world of the country’s many attractive qualities, from...

    21. October 30, 2013

      Japan government moves closer to Fukushima takeover

      Japan’s government has moved a step closer to taking direct control of the clean-up at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...

    22. October 23, 2013

      Shinzo Abe under pressure to review Tepco’s future

      Shinzo Abe used unequivocal language in September to assure members of the International Olympic Committee that the clean-up...

    23. September 26, 2013

      Tepco to seek restart of Japan nuclear plant

      Tokyo Electric Power could restart one of its idled nuclear plants for the first time since the Fukushima disaster in 2011,...

    24. September 13, 2013

      Nuclear freeze chills Japan’s cash-strapped utilities

      Japan’s cash-strapped utilities are facing increased pressure to bring down the cost of replacement fossil fuels as the...

    25. September 6, 2013

      Seoul widens ban on Japanese fish imports over radiation fears

      South Korea on Friday banned all fish imports from eight Japanese prefectures amid growing concern over radioactive...

    26. September 4, 2013

      Shinzo Abe seeks to calm IOC fears over Fukushima leaks

      Responding to growing global concerns about Japan’s handling of the Fukushima nuclear clean-up, Shinzo Abe, the prime...

    27. September 1, 2013

      Tepco reports new radiation hotspots at Fukushima plant

      Tokyo Electric Power has reported new radiation hotspots at four locations near tanks holding contaminated water at its...

    28. August 28, 2013

      Japan says Tepco to retain control of Fukushima site

      Japan’s government has reaffirmed that control of the contaminated water problem at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...

    29. August 22, 2013

      Fresh radiation concerns at Fukushima plant

      Workers scanning for further leaks at the Fukushima nuclear site have discovered pockets of high radiation close to some...

    30. August 21, 2013

      Stocks choppy after release of Fed minutes

      Wednesday 21:10 BST. Financial markets saw choppy trading as the minutes of the Federal Reserve’s July policy meeting did...

    31. August 20, 2013

      Crippled Fukushima nuclear plant springs fresh leak

      Shares in Tokyo Electric Power plunged as much as 15 per cent on Wednesday as Japan’s nuclear regulator raised concerns over...

    32. August 12, 2013

      Nuclear nightmare

      Two-and-a-half years after the tsunami-induced triple meltdown at Fukushima, Japan’s once-vaunted nuclear industry remains a...

    33. August 7, 2013

      Japan poised to intervene in Fukushima clean-up

      Japan’s government is preparing to take a more direct role in the clean-up effort at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power...

    34. August 6, 2013

      Restarting nuclear plants ‘would boost Japan’ report claims

      Japan would curb a post-Fukushima rise in its carbon dioxide emissions by two-thirds and lift economic output by 0.25 per...

    35. July 23, 2013

      Tepco hit over slow acknowledgment of radioactive leak

      The operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station has come under fire for its slow response to evidence that...

    36. July 19, 2013

      EU draws up plans to allow state aid for nuclear power

      The EU has drawn up plans to change state aid rules to make it easier for member countries to subsidise nuclear power, in a...

    37. May 2, 2013

      Japanese consortium set for Turkish nuclear power deal

      Japan is set to build its first overseas nuclear power station since the Fukushima disaster two years ago, with prime...

    38. April 22, 2013

      Japan’s energy costs spiral higher

      The cost of Japanese energy imports is spiralling higher as the yen weakens, prompting warnings about the consequences of...

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