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'Atomic peace mission' has spawned an arsenal-in-waiting

TOKYO — When Taro Kono was growing up as the son of a major Japanese political party leader, he had what he calls a 'fever for the atom.' Like many of his countrymen, he regarded nuclear power plants as his country’s ticket to postwar prosperity, a modern, economical way to meet huge energy needs on an island with few natural resources.

Czech nuclear bid fuels European energy debate

PRAGUE — Four gray cooling towers loom over flat fields surrounding the southern village of Temelin. That otherwise bucolic countryside may seem peaceful, but its communist-era nuclear power plant stands at the center of a stormy debate about the continent’s energy future.

France orders major nuclear site upgrades – to prevent Fukushima-style disaster

The ASN watchdog ordered major works to be carried out on France’s 32 nuclear reactors, which are likely to last several years.

Future flood threat to British nuclear reactors

Report says many will be underwater due to rising sea levels
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It isn't fire that is a threat to some British nuclear plants like Sizewell, it's flooding from rising sea levels. (Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images)

A year ago, the world was watching Japan wrestle with the flooded reactors at Fukushima nuclear plant.

The Guardian newspaper has obtained, under a Freedom of Information request, a report partially published two months ago detailing the risks to 12 of 19 nuclear plant sites in the country.

It is the older ones right on the sea cost that are cause for concern. Global warming has led to a rise in sea levels around this island.

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