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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...

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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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,...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. April 2, 2013

    Japan to overhaul power sector

    Japan has committed to an overhaul of its electric power sector after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a plan to...

  38. March 27, 2013

    Google zooms in on Fukushima ghost town

    A Japanese town abandoned after the Fukushima nuclear accident has turned to Google’s Street View service to allow its...

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