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Taiwan to hear Japan's experience of nuclear policy

Japanese nuclear experts and Diet members will visit Taiwan this week to offer Japan's experience of dealing with nuclear energy, which is taking center stage in Taiwan politics. Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Woody Duh told a legislative committee Wednesday that the delegation will attend a forum on Sunday where they are expected to explain Japanese efforts to restart nuclear power plants that were shut down following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

Gov't radiation study around Fukushima plant stirs controversy

The government on Friday released estimates of the amount of radiation that individuals would be exposed to if they return to live in homes near the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, arousing concern over some estimates perceived as high.

Gov't radiation study around Fukushima plant stirs controversy

The government on Friday released estimates of the amount of radiation that individuals would be exposed to if they return to live in homes near the disaster-struck Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, arousing concern over some estimates perceived as high.

In post-Fukushima policy test, Japan town rallies for nuclear re-start

By Mari Saito SATSUMASENDAI, Japan (Reuters) - On the main road leading from the Sendai nuclear plant in southern Japan, a construction crew is laying down asphalt to widen the evacuation route in the event of a future disaster. For many here, that's a hopeful sight. It means they are edging closer to re-starting two nuclear reactors that have been an economic engine for nearly three decades in a remote coastal town that has few other options.

Ex-mayor of nuclear-reliant village voices opposition to nuclear power

The former mayor of a village that had a pioneering role in Japan's nuclear development expressed his opposition Sunday to the nation continuing to look to nuclear power as an energy source. "It has been said that a local community can enjoy benefits by hosting a nuclear power plant, but it is just an illusion," Tatsuya Murakami, who served as mayor of Tokaimura, Ibaraki Prefecture, for 16 years until his retirement last September, told a public gathering in Tokyo.

TEPCO says Aug. water leak from tank was far more contaminated

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that toxic water found to have leaked last August at one of the huge tanks at the accident-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was far more contaminated than initially announced. After recalculating the radiation level, TEPCO said the water contained 280 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive materials such as strontium-90, instead of 80 million becquerels.

Estimating time to evacuate after nuclear accident behind schedule

Efforts to estimate the time required to evacuate from within 30 kilometers of a nuclear power plant in the event of a major accident are behind schedule in half of the affected prefectures, according to a Kyodo News survey. Local governments lying within a 30-km radius of a nuclear power plant are supposed to estimate the length of time needed for residents to get to safe locations if an evacuation is ordered. They are supposed to use the estimates to pinpoint crossings where congestion is likely in order to coordinate evacuation routes.

TEPCO eyes facilitating plant decommissioning with new in-house firm

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will seek to coordinate the protracted, difficult decommissioning process for the accident-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant through a newly launched internal body. The body, called the Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination & Decommissioning Engineering Company, was established Tuesday, with three representatives from Japanese nuclear plant manufacturers, such as Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. and Toshiba Corp., to serve as its vice presidents.

West Japan utilities planning to receive power from those in east

Two western Japan power utilities are planning to receive power supply from eastern Japan for the first time to secure a sufficient local supply in the absence of nuclear power generation this summer, industry sources said Friday. Kansai Electric Power Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. may use frequency converters to receive supply from Tokyo Electric Power Co. and other eastern Japan power utilities that have traditionally adopted a frequency different from that for western Japan.

Another Japan nuclear operator turns to government for aid

By Taiga Uranaka and James Topham TOKYO (Reuters) - Kyushu Electric Power Co has become Japan's second nuclear generator to seek state support this week as reactors across the country remain idled and industry losses stack up three years after the Fukushima disaster.
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