Tepco Aid For Tokai No.2 Plant Challenged At Court

TEPCO aid for Tokai No.2 plant challenged at court

Shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, are seeking a court injunction to block the firm from extending financial support for the resumption of another operator's nuclear power plant.

Earlier this month, all 5 commissioners of the Nuclear Regulation Authority agreed that the Tokai No.2 plant in Ibaraki Prefecture meets the new regulations introduced after the 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

High Court Overturns Ohi Nuclear Plant Injunction

High court overturns Ohi nuclear plant injunction

A Japanese high court has overturned a lower court injunction to block the restart of 2 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan.

Residents had filed for the injunction on the operation of the No.3 and No.4 reactors at the Ohi nuclear plant run by Kansai Electric Power Company.

Tokai Plant Effectively Clears Safety Test

Tokai plant effectively clears safety test

An idle nuclear power plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, has effectively cleared a safety test. But it must pass 2 more screenings before it turns 40 years old in November to avoid the prospect of decommissioning.

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority finalized a draft assessment of the Tokai No.2 plant in a meeting on Wednesday.

Tepco Told To Hear Local Views For Scrapping Plant

TEPCO told to hear local views for scrapping plant

Japan's economy and industry minister has told Tokyo Electric Power Company to take local opinion into account when drawing up a plan to scrap another nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

Hiroshige Seko gave the instruction to TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa on Friday.

Tepco To Decommission Fukushima Daini Plant

TEPCO to decommission Fukushima Daini plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company has revealed a plan to consider decommissioning all the reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear plant.

It is located about 12 kilometers south of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was critically damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. All 4 reactors at the Daini plant have been halted since the disaster.

Fukushima Daini Nuclear Plant To Be Decommissioned

Fukushima Daini nuclear plant to be decommissioned

Tokyo Electric Power Company has revealed a plan to decommission all reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear plant.

TEPCO President Tomoaki Kobayakawa informed Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori of the plan at the prefectural government office on Thursday.

Plan To Scrap Fuel Reprocessing Plant Approved

Plan to scrap fuel reprocessing plant approved

Japan's nuclear regulators have approved a plan to decommission reprocessing facilities near Tokyo for spent nuclear fuel.

Located in the village of Tokai in Ibaraki Prefecture, the complex has Japan's first reprocessing plant which started operations in 1981.

'binary Power Plant' Begins Operation Using Hot Spring

'Binary Power Plant' Begins Operation Using Hot Spring

Koyo Electric Co Ltd (Kobe City) announced that a "binary power plant" using surplus heat energy has been completed.

"Binary power generation" is a geothermal power generation technology. In conventional geothermal power generation, turbines are directly turned by using vapor from the underground. On the other hand, in binary power generation, a liquid whose boiling point is lower than that of water is heated and evaporated by using vapor, hot water, etc, and the vaporized liquid is used to turn turbines.

Toyota Confirms Scaling Back Of Mexico Plant For Truck Needs

Toyota confirms scaling back of Mexico plant for truck needs

Toyota Motor Corp. confirmed Wednesday that a planned Mexico auto plant is being scaled back, but a top executive said the decision was driven by market needs and was not a political move.

The investment for the Guanajuato plant, set to be running in 2019, will fall to $700 million (80 billion yen) from the $1 billion commitment announced in 2015. Annual production will decrease to half at 100,000, the company said.

Lexus India To Plant Tree For Every Vehicle Sold

Lexus India to Plant Tree for Every Vehicle Sold

Lexus India will plant a tree for every vehicle sold as a way to offset carbon emissions. The trees will be dispersed throughout country, including locations near the Toyota Kirloskar factory in Bidadi, Karnataka.

Here’s a statement from Akitoshi Takemura, President of Lexus India:

Canon To Launch New, Partially-automated Camera Plant In Japan In 2019

Canon to launch new, partially-automated camera plant in Japan in 2019

Canon has revealed that it is building a new semi-automated camera plant in Japan, and that it expects to open the plant in 2019. The factory will be located in the Miyazaki Prefecture on a 300,000 square meter land parcel, marking this the first time Canon has built a new camera production facility in Japan since 2010. The plant will focus on producing single-lens reflex cameras, according to Nikkei.

This business move is part of a growing effort on Canon's part to bring more of its production business back to its home nation, a move spurred in part by increased wages abroad. Though Canon had originally moved much of its production outside of Japan, the cost of domestic manufacturing has lowered thanks to factory automation technologies.

Drone Used For Laser-based Measurement

Drone Used for Laser-based Measurement at Wind Power Plant Development Site

Terra Drone Corp announced July 19, 2017, that it has conducted measurement of a ground surface by using a drone equipped with a laser device for measurement at the planned construction site of a wind power plant in Hokkaido, Japan.

Terra Drone (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo), which deals with drones, etc, conducted the measurement in cooperation with Obayashi Corp. When a drone is used for laser-based measurement, it eliminates the need to cut trees, Terra Drone said.