Radiation detected in beef from Fukushima
Beef from Fukushima Prefecture has been found to contain levels of radiation that exceed Japan's safety standards....
Saturday, July 09, 2011 06:14 +0900 (JST)
Survey: radioactive materials found in plankton
A scientific survey has found radioactive substances in plankton collected from the seafloor off Fukushima Prefecture.....
Saturday, July 09, 2011 06:14 +0900 (JST)
Govt. explains Genkai nuke plant safety measures
The Japanese government held a meeting in Saga Prefecture, western Japan, on Friday to tell local residents about safety measures being taken to enable nuclear reactors in the area to be restarted......
Saturday, July 09, 2011 06:17 +0900 (JST)
TEPCO: 13.1 meter tsunami hit Fukushima plant
The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant estimates that the facility was hit by a tsunami as high as 13 meters on March 11th......
Saturday, July 09, 2011 09:05 +0900 (JST)
Less than 1/3 in France, UK support nuclear power
A survey in 5 European countries shows that less than one third of French and British people support nuclear power generation.......
Saturday, July 09, 2011 09:25 +0900 (JST)
Sharp opens photovoltaic panel plant in Italy
Japan's major electronics firm Sharp and its Italian partners have opened a solar cell plant on the Italian island of Sicily........
Saturday, July 09, 2011 12:20 +0900 (JST)
Govt., TEPCO draw roadmap to reactor decommission
A roadmap toward decommissioning of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant indicates that the removal of melted nuclear fuel rods at the plant may begin in 10 years
Saturday, July 09, 2011 13:49 +0900 (JST)
Forced from hometown, now gunning for Koshien
A high school baseball player who moved with his family to Tokyo from Fukushima Prefecture due to the nuclear crisis there is training hard in the hope of reuniting with former teammates at the annual National High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium next month.....
Worker exposed deception / Whistleblower informed JCP of Kyushu Electric's plans
FUKUOKA--An employee of a Kyushu Electric Power Co. subsidiary blew the whistle on a recent deception in which the utility ordered employees of its offices and subsidiaries to send e-mails supporting the restart of two nuclear reactors to a meeting for local residents, the Japanese Communist Party said.......
Top utility execs tied to scandal
FUKUOKA--Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s in-house probe has found that one of its vice presidents and another executive were involved in a deception in which its employees were asked to post online comments in favor of the restart of the utility's nuclear reactors, sources said Friday.......
Swiss firm strives to contain radiation fears on exports
A Swiss trading house with roots in Japan reaching back to the 19th century says the challenge facing Japanese trade following the Fukushima nuclear disaster is on par with the damage caused by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and World War II........
Suzuki Motor to move production away from nuke plant
Suzuki Motor Corp. will shift half of its engine production at its Sagara plant in Shizuoka Prefecture to another facility to avoid the risk of an accident at a nearby nuclear plant disrupting its supply chain, sources said.......
Japan's Shikoku delays reactor restart as power shortages eyed
A power company in western Japan delayed on July 8 the restart of an idled nuclear reactor as confusion spreads over the safety of nuclear power and the future course of the country's energy policy.......
Kaieda reaches his limits on being patient with Kan
Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced on June 2 that he would resign once certain progress had been made in rebuilding after the Great East Japan Earthquake......
Resumption of nuclear reactors this year in serious doubt
Confusion in the government, an e-mail scandal and widespread anger have shattered the blueprint to restart nuclear reactors this summer, leading to possible power shortages that could debilitate manufacturers and increase electricity bills......
Nitrogen injection at Fukushima plant faces setback
TEPCO is facing difficulty as it prepares to inject nitrogen gas into the containment vessel of the No. 3 reactor at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to prevent another hydrogen explosion.......
All aboard: Nautical students dream of sailing back home
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Hoisting the Blue Peter maritime signal flag tells sailors: "All persons should report on board, as the vessel is about to proceed to sea." ....
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Banks to set 400 bil. yen credit line for quake-hit Tohoku Electric
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Major Japanese commercial banks are in final talks to set a 400 billion yen syndicated credit line possibly in August for Tohoku Electric Power Co., which has had difficulties raising funds through debt issues amid the Fukushima nuclear crisis, sources close to the matter said Friday......
Job offers for high school graduates down 9% -- 41% in Fukushima
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of job offers nationwide for high school students graduating next March is down 9.0 percent from a year earlier, with the number in disaster-struck Fukushima Prefecture down by more than 40 percent, according to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare........
Investigation on nuclear crisis to involve hearing from 200 people
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An independent panel investigating the causes of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant plans to hear from several hundred people involved in the handling of the crisis, the panel said Friday.....
Radiation levels within 80 km radius from Fukushima plant drop 20%
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radiation levels within a radius of 80 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have dropped some 20 percent as a whole from two months earlier, the science ministry said Friday, releasing a radiation map of data collected by helicopter.....
Excess level of radioactive cesium found in meat of Fukushima cow
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An excessive level of radioactive cesium has been found in the meat of one of 11 cows taken to a meat packing plant in Tokyo from Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, the Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday....
In-house whistle-blower brought Kyushu Electric scandal into light
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A scandal in which Kyushu Electric Power Co. tried to make locals look supportive of restarting the utility's nuclear reactors by using e-mails during a ministry-sponsored event was brought to light by an in-house whistle-blower, a Saga prefectural assembly member and others said Saturday.......
Ratio of operating nuke reactors stands at 36.8% in June
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The ratio of Japan's 54 commercial nuclear reactors operating came to 36.8 percent in June in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster in March, according to the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum.......
TEPCO to start injecting nitrogen into No. 3 Fukushima reactor soon
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday it will begin injecting nitrogen into one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to prevent a hydrogen explosion, as soon as it gets the green light from the government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and local governments.......
Minister for nuclear accidents vows to separate nuclear agency from industry ministry
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, at the center of controversy over a host of issues including the ongoing Fukushima nuclear power crisis, will be definitely separated from its parental Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), minister for nuclear accidents Goshi Hosono said in an interview with the Mainichi and other news organizations on July 8.......
More Kyushu Electric execs tried to manipulate public opinion to restart nuke plant
A vice president and another board member at Kyushu Electric Power Co. instructed a subordinate to proactively support a government-sponsored TV program on the reactivation of its nuclear power plant, sources familiar with the case have revealed......
Hopes for water purification, cooling system to bring Fukushima nuke plant under control
Hopes for water purification, cooling system to bring Fukushima nuke plant under control.....
Tokyo University teams up with private firms for solar power project in Saudi Arabia
The University of Tokyo, private companies and a semigovernmental financial institution will jointly participate in a large-scale solar power generation project in Saudi Arabia, it has emerged......
Elderly Fukushima woman kills self 'to evacuate to grave'
MINAMISOMA, Fukushima -- A 93-year-old woman, dejected over the ongoing nuclear crisis, was found hanged at her home in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in late June, leaving behind suicide notes that said in part, "I will evacuate to the grave. I am sorry."....
Loans of 550 B. Yen Eyed for Tohoku Electric
Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Mizuho Corporate Bank and other major banks as well as the Development Bank of Japan are planning to extend up to 550 billion yen in loans to Tohoku Electric Power Co. <9506>, it has been learned.....
Radioactive Cesium above Limit Detected in Fukushima Beef
Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that 2,300 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, about quintuple the legal limit, was detected in beef produced in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture........
Japan Biz Leader Criticizes Govt for Energy Policy Mess
Brussels, July 8 (Jiji Press)--Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Japan Business Federation, criticized the government Friday for its messed-up energy policy management, including confusion over the restart of suspended nuclear reactors.......
(Update) Radioactive Cesium above Limit Detected in Fukushima Beef
Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit was detected Saturday in the meat of 10 cows from Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, after that of one cow had been found to have its level above the limit, the Tokyo metropolitan government said.....
Ex-Vice Pres. behind Kyushu Electric's Mail Case
Fukuoka, July 9 (Jiji Press)--A former vice president of Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> was behind the solicitation of pro-nuclear power e-mails from group employees over its suspended nuclear power plant in southwestern Japan, it has been learned.......
Decades Needed for Final N-Crisis Containment: Kan
Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Saturday that it will take decades for Japan to finally contain the nuclear crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant......
Japan to Require New Safety Test before N-Reactors' Restart
Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will effectively require new safety tests on suspended nuclear reactors before allowing them to be restarted, it was learned Saturday.......
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