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Govt-backed pro-nuclear candidate wins Tokyo governor vote

The establishment candidate backed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe romped home in Sunday's election for governor of Tokyo in a result which analysts said would boost the premier's pro-nuclear agenda. The poll for chief executive of one of the world's biggest cities had been seen as a referendum on atomic power in a country still scarred by the 2011 Fukushima disaster. But livelihood issues appeared to play a bigger role in the election, which saw an emphatic victory by Yoichi Masuzoe -- a former television pundit and one-time cabinet minister.

PGE seeks partners for Poland's $19.5 billion first nuclear plant

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's top utility PGE is looking for technology and financial partners for a long-term project to build Poland's first nuclear power plant, expected to be worth up to 60 billion zlotys ($19.5 billion), it said on Wednesday. Poland, which now generates nearly all its electricity from ageing, coal-fired power plants, wants to make its energy sector more efficient and cut carbon emissions.

Gov't in no rush to decide new energy policy: minister Motegi

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday that he won't be rushed into deciding a new energy policy that supports the use of nuclear power. "We hope to finalize things as early as possible, but we don't want to rush the process because it is a very important issue," Motegi, who also holds the energy portfolio, told a press conference.

Gov't in no rush to decide new energy policy: minister Motegi

Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday that he won't be rushed into deciding a new energy policy that supports the use of nuclear power. "We hope to finalize things as early as possible, but we don't want to rush the process because it is a very important issue," Motegi, who also holds the energy portfolio, told a press conference.

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S. Korea, Britain agree to double trade, investment by 2020

By Chang Jae-soon LONDON, Nov. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed Wednesday to double trade and investment volume between the two countries by 2020, strengthen partnership in nuclear energy projects and work closely together to develop future growth engines.

Japan PM heads to Turkey to push nuclear exports

Japan's prime minister headed to Turkey Monday to cement nuclear contracts and push the export of more reactors as the industry tries to emerge from the shadow of the Fukushima atomic crisis. Shinzo Abe left Tokyo bound for Istanbul, his second visit since coming to power less than a year ago, where he was expected to meet his counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for discussions on Turkish atomic reactor orders.

Nuclear facility in southern China canceled following protests

Chinese authorities have canceled the construction of a nuclear fuel processing plant in the southern city of Jiangmen following massive protests against the project, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday. More than 1,000 people took part in a protest Friday in downtown Jiangmen against the uranium processing project in the city of Heshan over fear of radiation leaks. "The Heshan government respects the public's opinion and will not apply for approval for the project," Xinhua quoted Heshan Mayor Wu Yuxiong as saying.

New findings prove no active fault under Tsuruga reactor: operator

Japan Atomic Power Co. said Thursday that the latest findings from its additional geological investigation at the Tsuruga nuclear plant prove that the No. 2 unit is not located above an active fault, contradicting a recent assessment by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. "We strongly urge the NRA to hold discussions and sufficiently examine our new findings to reach a new conclusion," Japan Atomic Power President Yasuo Hamada told a press conference in Tokyo, adding he hopes to apply for the restart of the reactor.

Park calls for stricter anti-graft oversight of nuclear industry

SEOUL, July 9 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday the industry ministry should actively exercise its oversight of nuclear power plant operators to prevent corruption amid a widening probe into suspicions that plant operators used a number of substandard reactor parts in exchange for money.
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