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Even as Evacuation Orders are Lifted, Recovery Remains Distant Prospect for Many Fukushima ResidentsSuzuki Hiroshi

Six years after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the government has lifted evacuation orders on four municipalities around the plant, allowing residents to return home for the first time since the meltdowns. The author, who has been involved in reconstruction planning since the evacuation orders were first given, calls for a multiple-track plan to meet the complicated needs of those who return and evacuees who continue to live elsewhere as evacuees.
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Toshiba in Crisis After Failed Nuclear GambleMori Kazuo

Toshiba is in profound difficulties, facing enormous losses from its nuclear subsidiary and forced to sell off its profitable flash memory business. Journalist Mori Kazuo traces the path from President Nishida Atsutoshi’s 2005 gamble to pull the company out of stagnation up to its present troubles.
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Japan Bill Eyes Reconstruction Footholds in Fukushima (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government at a cabinet meeting on Friday adopted a bill to set up reconstruction footholds in the no-go zone heavily contaminated by the March 2011 nuclear accident in Fukushima Prefecture. The bill would give priority to decontamination work and infrastructure development at the footholds, with costs shouldered by the central government. The government…
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Flooding Prevention Steps Insufficient at 10 Nuclear Facilities in Japan (News)

Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)—Measures against flooding are insufficient at 10 nuclear power facilities in Japan, mainly at connecting sections, investigations by their operators have revealed. The investigation results were reported at Wednesday's regular meeting of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. Among the 10 are Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power …
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Japan Government Formally Decides to Decommission Monju Reactor (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government formally decided on Wednesday to decommission the trouble-plagued Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga in the central Japan prefecture of Fukui. At a meeting of relevant ministers, the government also determined that it will maintain its nuclear fuel cycle policy and continue to develop a new fast reactor by obtaining neces…
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Fukushima Cleanup Estimate Doubles to ¥21.5 Trillion (News)

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese industry ministry said Friday that it has doubled its estimate for costs related to the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to ¥21.5 trillion from some ¥11 trillion. The costs include ¥8 trillion for decommissioning, up from ¥2 trillion, ¥7.9 trillion for compensation, up from ¥5.4 trillion, ¥4 trillion for decontamination, up from …
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Japan, India Sign Nuclear Cooperation Pact (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 11 (Jiji Press)—Japan and India on Friday signed a bilateral nuclear cooperation pact that will enable Japan to export nuclear power plants to India. Among countries that are not signatories of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, India at present is the only nation concluding such a pact with Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told his visiting Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, …
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Monju Fast-Breeder Reactor Set for Decommissioning

At a September 21 ministerial meeting, the Japanese government took a step toward decommissioning the Monju fast-breeder reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture. Cabinet members involved in nuclear power policy agreed to draw up plans within the year for the development of a new fast reactor to replace Monju, operated by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The formal decision to decommission the reactor …
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Niigata Voters Elect Antinuclear Governor in Blow to Abe’s Energy Policy

Antinuclear candidate Yoneyama Ryūichi won the Niigata gubernatorial contest on October 16, 2016, in a setback to the government’s efforts to restart Tokyo Electric Power’s largest nuclear plant, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa, located in the prefecture. Yoneyama, a doctor seeking office for the first time as an independent, ran on a platform of opposition to a restart and won the backing of the Japanese Comm…
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Timeline for March 2016

A court order forces Takahama Nuclear Power Station to halt operations, the Hokkaidō Shinkansen service starts, and the nation marks five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake. Here are the major news stories of March 2016.
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