Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it will swiftly apply for a state safety assessment of two of its reactors in Niigata Prefecture to restart their operation, even as the utility continues to grapple with the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The announcement was made ahead of the introduction of a set of new nuclear regulations next Monday, which will effectively restart the stalled procedures to resume the country's reactors, most of which are currently offline.
"As we have finished preparations for the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, we have decided to file applications (for their safety assessment) as swiftly as possible after the new regulations take effect," TEPCO President Naomi Hirose said at a press conference in Tokyo.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his reflationary policy, dubbed Abenomics, on Friday while opposition leaders argued it is failing, after the House of Representatives was dissolved on the day for a snap election. (Jiji Press)
Japan's Lower House speaker has issued a very unusual order. He told lawmakers to redo their "banzai" cheers because some chimed in before he finished reading the official declaration to dissolve the chamber. (NHK)
Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about Y1 billion she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources. (The Japan News)
Japanese public prosecutors on Friday demanded a prison sentence of 10 years for Yusuke Katayama, who is accused of hijacking other people's personal computers and using them to send online threats. (Jiji Press)
According to various Japanese news sources, 83-year-old retiree Yasuji Shibata was arrested for selling obscene material via an Internet auction in April for 3,400 yen (about US$28) after police found explicit photos in his home on November 16. (rocketnews24.com)
Police raided Internet proxy server operators across Japan on Wednesday over a spate of online banking fraud cases, with at least two of the operators suspected of helping illegal access from China. (Jiji Press)