Utility Looks Into Ikata Plant Power Outage

Utility looks into Ikata plant power outage

The Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan has had a short electricity outage, causing suspension of maintenance work on one of its reactors. All three reactors at the plant are currently offline.

Officials at Shikoku Electric Power Company and Ehime Prefecture say the plant lost power at around 3:40 p.m. on Saturday.

Koizumi Questions Japan Financing Of Vietnam Plant

Koizumi questions Japan financing of Vietnam plant

Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has called into question Japan's financing of a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

Environment Ministry officials say a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation and others are planning to build the Vung Ang 2 power plant in Vietnam's Ha Tinh Province. The government-affiliated Japan Bank for International Cooperation is among those considering funding the project.

Tepco To Add Workers For Plant Decommissioning

TEPCO to add workers for plant decommissioning

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the firm plans to assign more of its employees to decommissioning work there. The move follows a series of mistakes and other troubles at the site.

Tokyo Electric Power Company President Tomoaki Kobayakawa disclosed the plan when he was summoned to the Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday to discuss the cause of the problems and preventive measures.

Restaurants Adopt Plant-based Cutlery, Containers

Restaurants adopt plant-based cutlery, containers

Japanese restaurant operators are switching from plastic knives, forks and spoons to cutlery and containers made from plant-based materials as they try to cut down on plastic waste.

Skylark Holdings, Japan's biggest family-restaurant operator, is adopting such a policy at about 2,800 outlets.

Japan To Enhance New Plant Variety Protection

Japan to enhance new plant variety protection

The Japanese government has decided to seek stricter restrictions on the export to other countries of seeds and saplings of new varieties of fruits and other plants developed in Japan.

The agriculture ministry is aiming for a revision of the Plant Variety Protection and Seed Act during next year's ordinary Diet session to allow developers to limit the areas in which the varieties can be grown.

Regulators To Review Fukushima Daiichi Plant Work

Regulators to review Fukushima Daiichi plant work

Japan's nuclear regulators plan to look into work management at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which is being decommissioned following the 2011 accident.

The move follows a series of mistakes and violations. In June this year, smoke came out when workers misconnected power lines at the No.5 and No.6 reactors.

Panasonic Plant May Take 2 Months To Resume Output

Panasonic plant may take 2 months to resume output

Panasonic says it may be two months before production can resume at a plant forced to halt operations due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Much of the equipment at the company's factory in the northern city of Koriyama was flooded. Water rose higher than a one-meter-high wall and flowed into the building.

Ex-official Was Executive At Plant Security Firm

Ex-official was executive at plant security firm

It has been learned that a former deputy mayor of the town of Takahama in central Japan who gave money and gifts to executives of Kansai Electric Power Company was a director of a local firm in charge of nuclear plant security.

Eiji Moriyama gave money and gifts worth about 3 million dollars to top executives and other officials of KEPCO, the operator of the Takahama nuclear plant in the town, over seven years through 2018. Moriyama died this year.

Fukushima Plant Offsite Center Demolition Starts

Fukushima plant offsite center demolition starts

Workers have begun demolishing an offsite emergency response center that briefly served as headquarters for dealing with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

Offsite emergency response centers were set up across Japan after a nuclear criticality accident at Tokai Village, near Tokyo, in 1999.

Fire Breaks Out At Floating Solar Plant In Japan

Fire breaks out at floating solar plant in Japan

Firefighters are struggling to contain a fire at Japan's largest floating solar power plant, near Tokyo.

Black smoke began billowing from solar panels on the surface of the water at Yamakura Dam in Chiba Prefecture on Monday afternoon.

Putin Hails New Shikotan Seafood Processing Plant

Putin hails new Shikotan seafood processing plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in an event celebrating the completion of a state-of-the-art seafood processing plant in one of the four Russian-controlled islands claimed by Japan.

The plant on Shikotan Island was built at a cost of over 61 million dollars by Russian company Gidrostroy, which operates mainly on the islands, called the Northern Territories.