Nuclear phase-out possible for Japan?

SINGAPORE, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- A former chief of the International Energy Agency said he was doubtful that Japan could follow through on its plan to phase out nuclear power by 2040.

Pricing pressures for Australian LNG

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Australia's liquefied natural gas sector is facing pressure amid a Japanese call for a change to the oil-linked pricing system for natural gas.

Canada woos Asia for LNG

TOKYO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Canada is touting its potential to be a major supplier of liquefied natural gas to Asia.
Energy bills to soar without nuclear power

Energy bills to soar without nuclear power

TOKYO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Average Japanese household monthly energy bills would nearly double to $411 by 2030 if nuclear power-generation is eliminated, the government said.
Report tells of future Fukushima radiation

Report tells of future Fukushima radiation

FUTABA, Japan, April 23 (UPI) -- Airborne radiation levels in some parts of Japan's Fukushima prefecture are expected to remain at dangerous levels for a decade, a government report says.
Future of Japan's nuclear energy uncertain

Future of Japan's nuclear energy uncertain

TOKYO, April 16 (UPI) -- None of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors will be in operation as of May 6, as the country's last reactor operating is to go offline, Japan's trade minister said.

Fukushima's temperature rise stabilized

TOKYO, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A steep temperature rise in the No. 2 reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has sparked new concerns about government claims that the facility has been stabilized.

Japan discusses nuclear reactor restarts

TOKYO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency has tentatively authorized the restart of two idled nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture.
Fukushima decommissioning timetable set

Fukushima decommissioning timetable set

TOKYO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. unveiled a work schedule for scrapping the damaged Fukushima reactors they say could last 30 to 40 years.
Tepco to seek trillions in Japanese aid

Tepco to seek trillions in Japanese aid

TOKYO, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will ask the Japanese government to help cover compensation payouts from accidents at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Japan takes steps to revise energy plan

TOKYO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The Japanese government has formed an energy panel to revise the country's energy policy, Kyodo news reports.

Edano likely to succeed Hachiro in Japan

TOKYO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- Former chief Cabinet secretary Yukio Edano was likely to be named Japan's trade minister, succeeding Yoshio Hachiro, who quit, Kyodo News reported Monday.

Japan to honor women's soccer champions

TOKYO, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Japan's women's soccer team will receive one of the nation's highest awards for winning the FIFA Women's World Cup, the government has announced.

More tests ordered for Japan's reactors

TOKYO, July 11 (UPI) -- Japan's nuclear power reactors must undergo further safety tests, the government said Monday.
No-entry zone at Fukushima considered

No-entry zone at Fukushima considered

TOKYO, April 20 (UPI) -- The Japanese government may restrict entry into a 12.5-mile radius area around the earthquake-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said Thursday.
Quake rocks Japan's quake-damaged region

Quake rocks Japan's quake-damaged region

TOKYO, April 11 (UPI) -- Japanese officials said Monday they may raise the severity level for the quake-damaged Daiichi nuclear plant to 7, equal to that of the Chernobyl disaster.
Japan sets radioactive limits for seafood

Japan sets radioactive limits for seafood

TOKYO, April 5 (UPI) -- Japan set a legal limit for radioactive iodine levels in seafood Tuesday amid international concern about seawater tainted by a crippled nuclear reactor.

Japan lags in payments to quake victims

TOKYO, April 3 (UPI) -- The Japanese Red Cross has collected more than $1 billion for earthquake relief but has handed out no funds directly to victims, the government said Sunday.

Japan prepared to accept help

TOKYO, March 30 (UPI) -- Japan is getting expert help from France and the United States at the Fukushima nuclear plant, the government's top spokesman said Wednesday.
3rd hydrogen blast at nuclear plant

3rd hydrogen blast at nuclear plant

TOKYO, March 14 (UPI) -- A third explosion at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant has raised concern of a meltdown and release of dangerous radiation into the air, officials say.

Matsumoto to be Japan's new FM

TOKYO, March 9 (UPI) -- Takeaki Matsumoto Wednesday was named Japan's foreign minister, succeeding Seiji Maehara, who resigned over a political donation controversy.

Noda named Japan's finance minister

TOKYO, June 5 (UPI) -- Yoshihiko Noda, known as a fiscal conservative, has been chosen as Japan's next finance minister by new Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Japan party chief says he won't resign

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- Several Japanese national lawmakers have not made mandatory pension premium payments and some may be pressured to resign, The Japan Times reported Sunday.

Japan travel ban may be unconstitutional

TOKYO, April 17 (UPI) -- A controversial travel ban to dangerous countries that is being considered in Japan may be unconstitutional, the Mainichi Daily News reported Saturday.