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Fukushima nuclear disaster

Nuclear Safety in a Post-Fukushima World: Is the US Falling Behind?

March 25, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

US Nuclear Safety

After Fukushima, re-examinations of nuclear reactor security were launched in many of the 31 countries around the world, which possess “over 435 [operable] commercial nuclear power reactors with over 375,000 MWe of total capacity [while about] 70 more reactors are under construction.”[read more]

China Restarts its Nuclear Reactor Construction Program

March 12, 2015 by Dan Yurman

China has approved start of construction of two new nuclear power plants, the first such approvals since the Fukushima crisis in Japan in 2011. The China State Council inked the go-ahead decision on February 17th for two new reactors to be built by China General Nuclear Power at the utility’s Hongyanhe plant.[read more]

Japan Plans to Restart Some Nuclear Plants in 2015 After Fukushima Shutdown

February 12, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Japan and Nuclear Energy

Previously one of the world's largest producers of nuclear-generated electricity, Japan has relied heavily on fossil fuels following Fukushima and subsequent shutdown of the country's nuclear fleet. In 2014, Japan's nuclear generation was zero. The government anticipates bringing online a few nuclear facilities in 2015.[read more]

Floating Nuclear Plants Could Ride Out Tsunamis

April 17, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Floating Nuclear Plants

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores due to a shutdown of all power, that caused the harm.[read more]

How Japan Replaced Half its Nuclear Capacity with Conservation and Efficiency

April 10, 2014 by Justin Guay

Japan Fuel Changes

After the Tohoku earthquake three years ago, Japan was in a seemingly impossible situation. A tremendous amount of conventional generation capacity, including the entire nuclear fleet, was unavailable and the country faced the risk of power cuts during summer consumption peaks.[read more]

Going Big At Home and Abroad: China's Nuclear Ambitions

March 12, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman

China Nuclear Ambitions

Three years ago, Beijing residents started hoarding iodine salt. China had not developed a sudden taste for salty foods. Instead, a frightened populace was trying to protect itself against any radiation blown west from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant.[read more]

Japan's Abe and His Attempt to Close Pandora’s 'Zero Nuclear' Box Again

March 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Japan and Nuclear Energy

Not much time has passed since Yoichi Masuzoe, backed by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, won Tokyo’s gubernatorial election in January 2014 against two candidates who were running on the promise to phase out nuclear power.[read more]

LUNA RING To Turn Moon Into Solar Power Collector

December 8, 2013 by Joshua Hill


The earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan in March of 2011 has dealt the country numerous hits — personal, social, and economical, as well as a massive hit to their power infrastructure, with public and international pressure causing the decommissioning of almost all their nuclear reactors.[read more]


Uncertain Future for Nuclear Energy in Japan as Last Nuclear Reactor is Switched Off

November 1, 2013 by Gerhard Fasol

Nuclear Energy and Japan

Japan is not non-nuclear because of a clear Government decision to switch off nuclear power. There is no Japanese Government decision to go non-nuclear at this time. On the contrary, the current Japanese government is decidedly pro-nuclear.[read more]

Offshore Wind and Japan: Will the US Win or Lose This Technology Race?

October 24, 2013 by Lewis Milford

The nuclear power crisis in Japan may open up new opportunities for offshore wind innovation. Japan's rapid response to the Fukushima crisis, like finding alternative energy solutions, suggests how the U.S. could gain a foothold in a new segment of offshore wind -- floating turbines.[read more]

Update on "Highly Radioactive" Water Leaks at Fukushima

September 8, 2013 by Rod Adams

The media frenzy about the detection of water leaks from the vast tank farm that Tokyo Electric Power Company has been forced to build to store water used to cool the three damaged cores at their Fukushima Daiichi power station continues to sizzle.[read more]

Update on Fukushima Leaks: Unrepresentative Sampling Supports Fear Mongering

August 31, 2013 by Rod Adams

It is the height of absurdity to make believe that a 0.1 cubic meter puddle on an industrial clean up site is something people who live in the United States should worry about. Heck, no one anywhere should worry that the material is going to harm them.[read more]

Fukushima Radiation Affecting US Tuna

August 30, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Fukushima Radiation Spread?

Recent reports have exposed what some people had predicted at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster: that radiation would spread. And it has, as detectable radiation in fish that migrate across the Pacific between North America and Japan.[read more]

San Onofre Nuclear Energy Station Shutting Down

June 9, 2013 by Joseph Koblich

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison, made an announcement that it had decided to permanently retire the two-unit San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in California.[read more]

Japanese Solar Energy Industry Soaring

June 5, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Japanese solar plant

Not only can solar replace nuclear power in Japan, but it is also set to become the world’s largest solar revenue market in 2013, thanks at least in part to a surge in installations in Q1.[read more]