Tokyo Steel Calling for Faster Nuclear Power Revival in Japan

A major Japanese steel-maker is calling for a quicker restart of nuclear reactors that were idled after the Fukushima disaster more than a decade ago as it grapples with soaring energy costs. Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Japan’s biggest producer of steel made from scrap, said more nuclear power generation was essential to revive the competitiveness …

Japan’s energy mix after the Ukraine crisis

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022 shook the world to its core. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of states didn’t hesitate to publicly condemn Russia’s unilateral aggression and express solidarity with Ukraine. Japan was no exception. Tokyo has joined the international response to Putin’s aggression by imposing sanctions on Russia on an unprecedented scale. The impact …

Keidanren Releases Proposal Toward Achieving CN by 2050

On April 26, the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) released a proposal toward the achievement of carbon neutrality by 2050. Based on the concepts of creating a virtuous economic and environmental cycle and fundamentally reforming society and the economy as a whole—a “Green Transformation” (GX)—it points to four key aspects: innovation, transition (a smooth shift to …

UK’s Johnson Pledges One New Nuclear Plant Per Year as Hinkley Point Reports Further Delay, Higher Cost

As British Prime Minister Boris Johnson crisscrossed the country Wednesday promising to build a new nuclear power station every year, the French nuclear giant EDF was preparing a statement saying the only nuclear station currently being built in the UK was going to be delayed yet again as costs continued to rise. Johnson visited half …

Japan to use nuclear to cut dependence on Russian energy -PM Kishida

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Thursday that it would use nuclear reactors to help reduce its own and other countries’ dependence on Russian energy. Japan has become more reliant on Russian gas since shutting down nuclear reactors after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in which an earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown, devastating its …

With Emissions Soaring, Democratic Governors Sour On Plans To Shut Down Nuclear Power

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are both asking for federal money to keep nuclear plants in their states open. (Photo: Getty Images) Virtually every place that shuts down nuclear plants — from San Diego to New York City, Germany to South Korea — replaces them with fossil fuels, swapping an …

Hinkley Point B nuclear plant could be spared imminent closure

Nuclear reactors A and B at Hinkley Point in south-west England; the latter is currently due to go out of service this summer. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters Energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng believed to be open to extension in response to leap in gas prices and energy security concerns Nuclear power advocates believe the energy secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng, is …

Incoming govt of Seoul to up role of nuclear reactors for energy sourcing

Kim Gi-heung, deputy chief spokesperson of President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol’s transition committee [Photo by Lee Seung-hwan] South Korea’s incoming government will realign to energy mix to up sourcing from nuclear reactors and adjust supplies of renewables during energy instability, according to the Presidential Transition Committee. The new administration will remain committed to the country’s carbon neutrality …

California promised to close its last nuclear plant. Now Newsom is reconsidering

With the threat of power shortages looming and the climate crisis worsening, Gov. Gavin Newsom may attempt to delay the long-planned closure of California’s largest electricity source: the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant. Newsom told the L.A. Times editorial board Thursday that the state would seek out a share of $6 billion in federal funds meant …