TOKYO (AP) — Two Japanese farmers whose livelihoods were wrecked by the 2011 nuclear disaster staged a protest Friday at Tokyo's agriculture ministry, scuffling briefly with police as they unsuccessfully tried to unload a bull from a truck.
Masami Yoshizawa and fellow farmer Naoto Matsumura have remained at their farms to care for their own and others' abandoned livestock in areas where access has been restricted due to radiation fears since the March 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.
The two drove down from Fukushima, bringing the black bull in the back of a truck, to appeal for help with the livestock, some of which have developed unexplained white spots on their hides.
TOKYO (AP) — A court Wednesday refused to let two nuclear reactors restart operations in western Japan, saying their risk assessment is too optimistic and safety measures insufficient despite lessons from the Fukushima disaster.
The denial by the district court in Japan's nuclear hub of Fukui is the first since the crisis and comes as some Japanese reactors are in the final stages of safety screening before a restart, and plaintiffs and their anti-nuclear supporters say the court ruling could sway local acceptance.
TOKYO (AP) — A former worker is seeking 11 million yen ($110,000) in compensation from the operator of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant for exposing him to high levels of radiation after the 2011 tsunami.
The worker was part of a team sent to lay electric cables in one of the reactors 13 days after the disaster.
TOKYO (AP) — Experts on Friday expressed skepticism about a plan to build a costly underground frozen wall at Japan's crippled nuclear plant, a development that could delay the start of construction on the project.
The experts and Japanese nuclear regulatory officials said during a meeting in Tokyo that they weren't convinced the project can resolve a serious contaminated water problem at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, which suffered multiple meltdowns following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan is protesting that limiting ships to 49 meters wide in the expanded Panama Canal would exclude the giant Q-Flex carrier, which would affect possible U.S. LNG export deals, The Wall Street Journal reports
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen ($134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.
The Finance Ministry reported Monday that exports in the year that ended March 31 rose 10.8 percent over the year before to 70.8 trillion yen ($690.5 billion) while imports climbed 17.3 percent to 84.6 trillion yen ($825 billion).
Preliminary data showed the deficit at 1.45 trillion yen ($14.1 billion) in March, the 21st straight month of shortfall. The annual rate of growth in exports sank to 1.8 percent in March from a peak of 18.6 percent in October, while the growth rate for imports has remained mostly in the double digits.
Looking for other sources of energy in the wake of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is recommending expanded coal use, while his energy plan fails to set renewable energy goals, angering some environmentalists, Bloomberg reports.
The Japanese government decision to stick with nuclear power as part of its energy plan may be too late to save a domestic nuclear industry slumping in the wake of the disastrous accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant three years ago, Reuters reports.
The Department of Energy has announced measures to cut methane emissions from the country’s natural gas industry including setting efficiency standards for natural gas compressors and offering incentives for infrastructure modernization, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
The latest round of sanctions the U.S. and Europe have announced against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, by withholding drilling technology, are aimed at Moscow’s ability to tap its Arctic and shale reserves, The New York Times reports.
With anticipation -– ahead of the release of government data Wednesday –- that stockpiles may have shrunk by more than a million barrels, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery was up 47 cents to $101.44 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude dropped 37 cents to $107.35, Bloomberg reports.
Singer Jimmy Rose, invited by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, hopes to use his music to make his pro-coal message, National Journal reports.
Green groups -- including the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund -- rallied outside Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Tuesday to boost support for the EPA’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants as hearings about the regulations got underway, E&E reports.
Enterprise Products Partners will have to pay $535.8 million to Energy Transfer partners after backing out of a deal to build a pipeline together, a Dallas judge has determined, although legal experts believe the judgment will be appealed, FuelFix reports.
Second quarter profits for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. – which settled litigation over its Kerr-McGee acquisition for $15.5 billion earlier this year – were reported at $227 million, a 76 percent drop from the period a year earlier and below analysts’ expectations, although $4.44 billion in revenue beat predictions, according to The Wall Street Journal.
An important part of legislation needed to open up Mexico’s energy sector to private investment won approval in the lower house Tuesday, but the measure will need to return to the Senate there for further approval, FuelFix reports.
Federal agencies would have to make public the data they use to determine whether species are endangered, and would have to report to Congress on money and time spent on lawsuits related to the Endangered Species Act, under a bill to amend it that was approved by the House on a 233-190 vote Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.