Japan gave its strongest signal yet that it wishes to keep nuclear power following the meltdown in Fukushima almost three years ago, shifting away from the previous government’s intention to phase out the technology.
Water exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima atomic plant will reach the U.S. at safe levels, the chairwoman of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said as the first isotopes linked to the plant near the West Coast.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the world’s largest power utility, is seeking to buy three spot cargoes of liquefied natural gas for delivery in January and February, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. wants to borrow 2 trillion yen ($20 billion) for new power plants and overseas operations as it maps a return to profitability after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Asahi newspaper reported.
The first removal of nuclear fuel rods next month from the stricken Fukushima atomic station should be successful based on findings that the rods -- each about twice the average weight of a sumo wrestler -- appear undamaged from an explosion at the site almost three years ago.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. successfully removed the first nuclear fuel rods today from a cooling pool at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, an early milestone in decommissioning the facility amid doubts about whether the rods had been damaged and posed a radiation risk.