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Expert: GOJ plan for new nuclear plants does not account for accidents and nuclear waste

Following is an interview with Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies Chair Iida Tetsunari. The Interview was conducted by Tomita Kohei.   Asahi: What do you think of Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s plan to construct new nuclear power plants and move forward with refurbishing existing ones?   Iida: The Basic Energy Plan approved by the Cabinet in October 2021 did not….Read more

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Kyushu Electric to move up restart of Genkai nuclear power plant

Kyushu Electric Power Co. announced on Oct. 18 that it will move up the resumption of power generation at the Genkai Nuclear Power Plant Units 3 and 4 (Genkai Town, Saga Prefecture) by about one month and one week, respectively. Both units are currently undergoing regular inspections. Unit 3 and Unit 4 are now scheduled to restart on Dec. 17….Read more

  • October 19, 2022
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G7 environment ministerial presents opportunity to showcase climate change measures

Hokkaido Shimbun carried a report on its one-on-one interview with Aaron Forsberg, Minister Counselor for Economic and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, conducted on Tuesday. According to the paper, Forsberg expressed hope that the G7 Climate, Energy and Environment Ministers’ Meeting, which will be held in Sapporo in conjunction with the G7 Summit in Hiroshima next May, will be “a….Read more

  • October 19, 2022
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Using more nuclear power would help ease weak yen impact: minister

TOKYO — Restarting nuclear reactors would help ease the impact of a weak yen on the Japanese economy by reducing fuel imports for power generation, the industry minister said Tuesday.   Despite lingering public concern about nuclear power following the Fukushima disaster, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura stressed that each resumed reactor would eliminate the need to import 1 million tons of liquefied….Read more

  • October 18, 2022
  • , Kyodo News , 1:25 p.m.
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METI to measure amount of CO2 emissions generated by storage batteries

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will make it possible by fiscal 2024 to measure the amount of carbon dioxide emissions generated at every stage from the production to the disposal of storage batteries. The ministry has already begun conducting demonstration tests with the storage batteries mounted on electric vehicles (EVs). It will develop a system for storage….Read more

ECONOMY > Energy

Editorial: Transparent and open discussion needed to forge new nuke policy

To brush aside the many problems of nuclear power generation and focus solely on factors favorable to its expansion is tantamount to holding a discussion with a foregone conclusion.   So can we proceed with a major policy shift in such a scripted manner?   Definitely not. The government’s minimum responsibility is to examine the challenges and countermeasures thoroughly and….Read more

  • October 19, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 12:37 p.m.
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ECONOMY > Energy

Mayor of northern Japan village urges TEPCO to complete nuclear plant

A mayor in northern Japan has urged Tokyo Electric Power Company to quickly resume construction of a nuclear plant in his village that has been halted since the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.   Construction of the No.1 reactor at Higashidori nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture began in January 2011. But the work was suspended just….Read more

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Japan to set up new LNG procurement support framework

Tokyo, Oct. 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s industry ministry plans to establish a new framework for electricity and city gas suppliers to share liquefied natural gas in times of possible serious shortages, officials said Monday.   The ministry plans to set up the framework by this winter, when energy demand is expected to rise, as an emergency measure as Russia’s invasion of….Read more

  • October 17, 2022
  • , Jiji Press , 10:22 p.m.
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SCIENCE > Environment

Large hydrogen station to be set up at former Olympic Village

By SHIN KASAHARA/ Staff Writer   A new hydrogen station, one of the largest in Japan, will be built in the former athlete’s village of last year’s Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo’s Harumi district in Chuo Ward.   Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike made the announcement in a speech at the Asahi Earth Conference 2022 international symposium, hosted by The Asahi….Read more

  • October 17, 2022
  • , The Asahi Shimbun , 6:34 p.m.
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Toyota and Tohoku University pen agreement on hydrogen-use research

On Oct. 14, Toyota Motor Corporation and Tohoku University concluded a comprehensive partnership agreement for research and development on the use of hydrogen. They will engage in joint research and demonstration tests in Fukushima Prefecture, which is working to reconstruct from the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.   All eyes are on hydrogen as a next-generation energy source….Read more

  • October 15, 2022
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