Press Release (Feb 29,2012) Report to Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) regarding the items to be reflected in the seismic safety analysis of the nuclear power plants, etc. (Interim Report) based on the knowledge of ground motion obtained from Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake in 2011
The Japanese government will ask Hokkaido Electric Power Company to once more re-assess the safety of a nuclear plant it operates. The re-assessment should include an examination of the possible impact of an earthquake caused by the interrelated movements of underground fault lines.
Production of "Hameln," a film set in Fukushima Prefecture that looks at changing Japanese values, has been delayed by problems ranging from an uncooperative ginkgo tree to the Tohoku disaster of last year, and a Tokyo-based support group is asking the public for donations so the movie can be completed.
EDITORIAL: Following panel's report, TEPCO should go on record
The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident, comprising scientists, lawyers and others, was established last autumn as part of a program by a private think tank to examine the Fukushima disaster independently of the government's Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations of Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Robot detects high radiation level in No. 2 reactor
Quince 2, a robot searching the top floor of the crippled No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, detected radiation levels as high as 220 millisieverts per hour, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.
Scientists: Far more cesium released than previously believed
A mind-boggling 40,000 trillion becquerels of radioactive cesium, or twice the amount previously thought, may have spewed from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 11 disaster, scientists say.
As the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant accident spiraled out of control last March, the Japanese government’s disaster response teetered between haphazard micromanagement by the prime minister and poorly thought out stop-gap measures by subordinates, according to a nongovernment panel.
The first report by a private-sector committee investigating the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was announced earlier this week, has drawn wide international attention for its detailed research that digs out many facts about what had really happened at the plant.
TEPCO to introduce 'smart meters' for households from fall of 2013
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the state-backed Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund said Tuesday the utility plans to introduce next-generation "smart meters" to households in the fall of 2013 that would help homes use energy more efficiently and curb power demand.
Farmer in no-go zone around Fukushima plant pleads for support
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A farmer who continues to live in a town in a no-go zone near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture pleaded Tuesday for worldwide support for his town, which he said is falling apart.
EU extends restrictions on Japanese food imports until October
BRUSSELS (Kyodo) -- The European Commission said Tuesday it will extend restrictions on imports of Japanese food products to the European Union, imposed last March following the nuclear crisis in Japan, until the end of October this year.
Rice planting to be conditionally allowed in cesium-tainted areas
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government said Tuesday it will allow rice planting this year in areas where radioactive cesium exceeding 100 becquerels per kilogram was detected in crops harvested last year following the nuclear accident in Fukushima, on condition that all rice bags undergo radiation tests.
Robot detects high radiation levels at Fukushima Daiichi plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A remotely operated robot has detected high radiation levels of up to 220 millisieverts per hour at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor building, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday.
Panel calls for study on direct disposal of spent nuclear fuel
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A government panel commissioned to compile the country's basic atomic energy policy said in its draft nuclear power platform Tuesday that Japan should study the possibility of burying spent nuclear fuel deep underground, instead of the current disposal method of reprocessing spent fuel.
Japan-made reactor unit had cracks before delivery to U.S.: regulator
WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Cracks associated with welding defects were found in a Japan-made steam generator for a nuclear reactor in Southern California in 2009 before its delivery to the plant, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents showed Tuesday.
Setagaya Ward auctions off rights to supply power to public facilities
Setagaya Ward in Tokyo auctioned off the rights to supply power to 111 public facilities in the area in open competitive bidding on Feb. 28, and a Tokyo power company won with a bid of around 706 million yen.
Mayor of nuclear reactor city used taxpayers' money on gifts for nuclear disaster minister
TSURUGA, Fukui -- The mayor of this city, home to three nuclear reactors, gave year-end gifts to nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono and other legislators using taxpayers' money, it has been learned.
Gov't tells utility to consider more active faults to check Tomari plant's quake resistance
The government's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) urged Hokkaido Electric Power Co. on Feb. 28 to re-examine the quake-resistant capability of the Tomari Nuclear Power Plant by taking into account the possibility of the active seabed and continental faults nearby moving closely together to cause earthquakes.
Shikoku Electric Expects to Post 1st Full-Year Net Loss
Takamatsu, Kagawa Pref., Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--Shikoku Electric Power Co. <9507> said Wednesday it expects to post its first full-year group net loss for the current business year to March following the suspension of its nuclear power plant.
Tohoku Electric to Increase Bond Issuance to 60 B. Yen
Sendai, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--Tohoku Electric Power Co. <9506> will increase the amount of funds it will procure through corporate bonds from the initially planned 25 billion yen to 60 billion yen, reflecting strong demand from institutional investors, Tohoku Electric President Makoto Kaiwa said Wednesday.
Aomori, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. said Wednesday it has decided to postpone again a trial run of its spent nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in northern Japan to late April from early March.
Japanese Disaster-Area Students Encouraged to Study in U.S.
Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref., Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos on Wednesday called on students in the disaster-hit northeastern Japan city of Minamisoma to take part in a study program in the United States.
(Update) Evacuees Seek Arbitration on Nuclear Crisis Compensation
Tokyo, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--Evacuees from the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, filed with a government-linked organization on Wednesday for arbitration on compensation disputes related to the nuclear crisis.
70% of companies 'can't pass along TEPCO rate hikes'
Seventy percent of about 100 major domestic companies said they cannot shift cost increases from Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s planned utility rate hikes to the prices of their products and services, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.
TEPCO hikes to hit economy / Companies have few options to deal with planned increases
In a recent Yomiuri Shimbun survey, many companies voiced objections to planned electricity rate hikes by Tokyo Electric Power Co., scheduled for April. Only a small number of firms were willing to unconditionally accept the increases.
Ministry OK's rice planting in areas over cesium limit
The agriculture ministry has announced it will conditionally permit rice planting this year in municipalities where radioactive cesium contained in last year's harvests was found to be from 100 becquerels to 500 becquerels per kilogram.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. decided to increase compensation payments to children and pregnant women who voluntarily evacuated from 23 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture due to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from 400,000 yen to 600,000 yen, the utility announced Tuesday.
IITATE, Fukushima Prefecture--A delegation from Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, could forget about their troubles and smile as they attended the opening ceremony for a junior high school in a Laotian village, eight months delayed, but not forgotten.
Officials of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, and students pose for a memorial picture in front of the newly built junior high school in Dongnyay, Salavan province, Laos, on Feb. 12. (Provided by the Iitate board of education) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203010012
Hirono town hall reopens for business in Fukushima
HIRONO, Fukushima Prefecture--Hirono reopened its town hall on March 1, becoming the first municipality in restricted zones to do so since the nuclear disaster a year ago.
Hirono town hall in Fukushima Prefecture (Takeshiro Tokunaga)
Criminal charges for Fukushima crisis difficult to pursue
Leaders of a private-sector foundation that investigated the Fukushima nuclear accident said pursuing criminal charges against individuals responsible for the crisis will be difficult because the entire nuclear power system is to blame.
Edano says possible all reactors shut this summer
It is possible none of Japan's nuclear reactors, all but two of which were shut down after last year's Fukushima disaster, will be up and running this summer when electricity demand peaks, the trade minister said on March 1.
Editorial: Independent nuke disaster panel must scrutinize gov't crisis management
An independent fact-finding panel on the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis, which has published a report on its investigation into the accident, is urged to thoroughly scrutinize the government's crisis-management system.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Shikoku Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it will incur a consolidated net loss of 11 billion yen for the current year through March 31, down from a profit of 23.6 billion yen the previous year, as the company increased costly thermal power generation following suspension of operations at its nuclear power plant.
U.S. envoy, Softbank president encourage students in Fukushima
MINAMISOMA (Kyodo) -- Ambassador to Japan John Roos and Softbank Corp. Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son on Wednesday visited high school students in Fukushima Prefecture who have been affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, to offer them encouragement.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A farmer evacuated from her home near a Japanese nuclear power plant visited Soweto to talk to impoverished South Africans about how the poor are worst hit by catastrophes like the one triggered by an earthquake in her homeland.
.....The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said there have been no reports of trouble at the Tokai No. 2 power station of Japan Atomic Power Co. so far in the wake of the quake. The power plant is now under regular checkups.
Nuclear plants urged to brace for worst tsunami in revised guidelines
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan will urge operators of the nation's nuclear plants to brace for the worst possible tsunami and ensure their safety in its revised guidelines on nuclear plant designs, following the Fukushima nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 disaster last year, panel members said Wednesday.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday its 116 member companies have detected no radioactive cesium in their 131 milk products in their tests following the March 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident.
Osaka regional gov'ts to ink deal with utility over nuclear accidents
KOBE (Kyodo) -- A federation of local governments in Osaka and its surrounding region will forge a memorandum of understanding with Kansai Electric Power Co. on maintaining close communication in the event of trouble at a nuclear power plant, the first such move by a utility and a prefectural federation, officials of the two parties said Wednesday.
Cesium released from Fukushima possibly equals 20-30% of Chernobyl
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radioactive cesium released into the atmosphere in the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant amounted to between 30,000 and 40,000 terabecquerels, possibly equal to 20 to 30 percent of the isotope released in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a study showed Wednesday.
Decontamination of roofs and garden soil in low-dose areas not covered by gov't subsidies
The government is not subsidizing the cost of decontaminating roofs and garden soil of private residences in areas with relatively low levels of radiation released from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, it has been learned.
Problem at nuclear fuel reprocessing plant throws construction schedule into doubt
Plans to complete construction at the Rokkasho nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Aomori Prefecture in October have been cast into doubt, after Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. announced Feb. 29 that brick fragments were likely blocking a reprocessing unit outlet.
Worries continue over cesium-tainted rice as gov't softens contamination cap
Consumers are worried that rice badly tainted with radioactive cesium will find its way onto the open market after the government announced on Feb. 28 that farmers would be allowed to plant on land with cesium contamination over the new limit.
57 percent of local gov'ts near nuke plants favor conditional reactor restarts: survey
The majority of leaders of local governments located within a 30-kilometer radius from a nuclear power plant approve of the restart of reactors idled for regular maintenance, though only if certain conditions are fulfilled, a Mainichi survey shows.
TEPCO plans to set up 4 independent in-house companies
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. is planning to set up four independent in-house companies, possibly in 2013, to increase its business efficiency while dealing with compensation relating to the meltdown at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, sources close to the matter said Thursday.
Fukushima students remember the past, hope for the future on graduation day
SOMA, Fukushima -- March 1 was a day of both parting and reuniting for the graduating students of a high school here, who as a result of the nuclear crisis, have spent most of their last school days away from each other, divided and dispersed.
..... According to the Ibaraki prefectural government, there has been no report of damage on nuclear facilities in the prefecture, including Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tokai No. 2 power plant in the village of Tokai.
No new problems have been found at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear plants in Fukushima Prefecture, north of Ibaraki, TEPCO officials said.
Fukushima Town Govt Achieves Comeback after N-Accident
Hirono, Fukushima Pref., March 1 (Jiji Press)--The Hirono town government resumed work at its head office on Thursday, becoming the first to achieve a comeback among the nine Fukushima Prefecture municipalities relocated due to the nuclear crisis.
INTERVIEW: Japan's Hosono Calls Nationwide for Accepting Disaster Debris
Tokyo, March 1 (Jiji Press)--The massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the northeastern Japan coast nearly a year ago caused an enormous amount of debris to be left there, and only 5 pct of it has so far been cleared.
Press Release (Mar 02,2012) Submission of the report on the correspondence for temperature increase in the lower part of the Reactor Pressure Vessel of Unit 2 at TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to NISA
HIRONO, Fukushima--The municipal government of Hirono resumed services at its own town hall on Wednesday. Among the nine towns and villages in Fukushima Prefecture that were forced to move their operations outside their administrative districts due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Hirono is the first to return to its original location.
Graduating high school seniors in disaster-hit northeastern Japan closed a chapter on their school days on a bittersweet note, remembering classmates who died on March 11, 2011, and thinking about the futures of their damaged hometowns.
Overriding Finance Ministry objections, the government and the ruling Democratic Party of Japan decided to let the state acquire more than half of the voting shares in troubled Tokyo Electric Power Co., sources said.
Baseball: 2013 All-Star game to be held in Fukushima
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- One game of the 2013 All-Star series will be held in Fukushima Prefecture with the aim of providing aid for reconstruction following last year's earthquake and tsunami, Nippon Professional Baseball said Thursday.
Support groups struggle to get info on evacuees: survey
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- More than 47 percent of groups supporting evacuees who left their home prefectures after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami had difficulties offering assistance because authorities in the new areas housing the evacuees were reluctant to provide their personal information, a Kyodo News survey showed Thursday.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government launched a meeting on Thursday to rebuild the overseas popularity of Japanese brands tarnished by the nuclear meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Activists call for end to nuclear power 58 years after Bikini incident
SHIZUOKA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Antinuclear activists called for an end to reliance on nuclear power at a rally in Yaizu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Thursday, the 58th anniversary of the exposure of a Japanese tuna fishing boat to radiation from a U.S. hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the South Pacific in 1954.
TEPCO eyes lower electricity rates than present in FY2018 after hikes
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. and a state-backed fund that is financially assisting the utility have devised a plan to reduce electricity prices by around 5 percent from current levels, possibly in fiscal 2018, after raising prices once in coming months, sources close to the matter said Friday.
Town near Fukushima nuclear plant returns functions back home
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) -- The town of Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture on Thursday became the first of the nine municipalities that were relocated after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crisis erupted to bring its administrative functions back to its head office.
Mass media under scrutiny on 1st anniversary of 3/11 disasters
Domestic and foreign mass media are under close scrutiny as Japan prepares to mark the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and subsequent crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Tainted water still major problem at Fukushima nuke plant 1 year after meltdowns
As Japan prepares to mark the first anniversary of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the facility remains plagued with problems despite Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's declaration that the crisis has been brought under control.
Sumitomo Corp. to Start Geothermal Power Biz in Indonesia
Tokyo, March 2 (Jiji Press)--Major Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. <8053> said Friday that it will join a large-scale geothermal power generation project in Indonesia in partnership with two major foreign energy firms.
Steps Taken on 29 Disaster-Linked Human Rights Abuses
Tokyo, March 2 (Jiji Press)--Legal affairs bureaus in Japan recognized and took remedial action against 29 suspected human rights abuse cases related to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in 2011, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.
INTERVIEW: Ex-PM Aide Demands Govt Be Fully Responsible for N-Accident Response
Tokyo, March 2 (Jiji Press)--The government should fully take responsibility for dealing with possible nuclear accidents, rather than leaving it to nuclear power plant operators, Sumio Mabuchi, former adviser to the prime minister, said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.
Fukushima City to Plant Rice in Radioactive Areas for Research
Date, Fukushima Pref., March 2 (Jiji Press)--The municipal government of Date, Fukushima Prefecture, will plant rice this year even in areas where radioactive cesium levels top a safety limit for research purposes, the city mayor said Friday.
TEPCO eyes 3-year hike limit / Believes charges could be lowered upon restarting of reactors
Tokyo Electric Power Co., which has announced it will raise its electricity prices later this year, plans to bring them back to current levels in 2015 and reduce them further in 2018, it has been learned.
EDITORIAL: Nuclear-free society can be achieved much earlier
There is now no nuclear reactor in western Japan that is generating electricity. The two reactors that are still in operation in Japan, both located in eastern parts of the nation, are scheduled to be shut down soon for regular maintenance.
Where once a bustling electronic parts plant was filled with workers in the Hirono industrial complex, about 20 kilometers from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, today the only object inside a spacious building is a chair with a phone.
TEPCO to insert thermometer through pipe into Fukushima reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to insert a thermometer through a pipe into the pressure vessel of the No. 2 reactor at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to get more accurate readings of interior temperatures.
Editorial: Lessons learned 1 year after March 2011 disasters
Ryoichi Abe, 51, a fisherman from Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, was operating off the Ojika Peninsula when a massive tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake hit his neighborhood on March 11, 2011.
1,331 deaths related to March 2011 disaster recognized in 5 prefectures
SENDAI (Kyodo) -- The number of deaths officially recognized as related to the March 2011 disaster, such as those resulting from the stresses of living in evacuation shelters, totaled 1,331 in five prefectures, exceeding the 921 recorded in Hyogo and Osaka prefectures after the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995, a Kyodo News survey found Friday.
Japan needs new mechanism to address nuclear crisis: Kan
TOKYO, March 2, Kyodo
Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan has called for a drastic improvement in the government response to nuclear accidents, noting its response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis was defective.
Chernobyl expert urges food decontamination around Fukushima plant
AOMORI (Kyodo) -- A Russian expert on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster told a symposium in Aomori Prefecture on Friday that it is imperative to cleanse food of radioactive substances released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Fidel Castro calls on Japanese to tell nuclear experience to world
HAVANA (Kyodo) -- Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro took part in a gathering for Japanese atomic-bomb survivors organized by the Cuban government and a Japanese NGO on Thursday in Havana and called on them to convey to the world their experiences regarding the recent nuclear crisis in Japan and the 1945 U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
TEPCO notifies gov't of plan to replace thermometer at Fukushima plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it has notified the government of a plan to set up a new temperature gauging device replacing a troubled thermometer at a reactor at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Ministry leaders decided to hold nuclear data after Fukushima crisis
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The science minister and other top ministry officials decided to withhold radiation forecast data from the public four days after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, an internal document made available Friday showed.
Interior of Fukushima No. 1 plant's emergency center shown to reporters
OKUMA, Fukushima -- The Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant's "off-site center," where an emergency task force to respond to disasters at the plant had been set up, was unveiled to the media here on March 2.
From broken temp sensors to leaky pipes, Fukushima nuke plant plagued with problems
Nearly a year has passed since the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and while some progress has been made in decommissioning the power station, operations continue to be plagued with problems from broken temperature sensors to leaky piping.
6,800 tons of radiation-tainted rice straw left lying in 8 prefectures
Some 6,800 metric tons of rice straw contaminated with radioactive substances leaked from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant remains in eight prefectures with no immediate prospect of disposal, the Mainichi has learned.
Local gov'ts, farmers struggle with hundreds of tons of radiation-tainted rice straw
Local governments and farmers in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures have been struggling unsuccessfully to dispose of hundreds of metric tons of rice straw, sewage sludge and ash tainted with radiation from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
One Year On: Reconstruction Outlook Particularly Gloomy for Fukushima
Fukushima, March 3 (Jiji Press)--The outlook for Fukushima Prefecture's revival is particularly gloomy as the northeastern Japan prefecture suffers not only from damage from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami but from the impact of the nuclear crisis.
Disposal sites refuse to accept 140,000 tons of tainted waste
At least 140,000 tons of sewage sludge, ash and soil contaminated with radioactive materials has yet to be disposed of in Tokyo and six prefectures in the Kanto region following the crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, it has been learned.
A total of 72 percent of respondents said they could see little or no progress in reconstruction efforts for areas hit by last year's Great East Japan Earthquake, according to a recent survey by The Yomiuri Shimbun ahead of the first anniversary of the March 11 disaster.
TEPCO plans to stop buying CO2 credits / Halt would hurt effort to fight global warming
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to give up purchasing carbon dioxide emissions credits in the next 10 years, a step that would be a serious setback to the country's efforts to address global warming, according to sources.
NISA’s ad hoc team pointed to reactor meltdowns early
Two months before it was made public that fuel melted in three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a team at the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency deduced it but nothing was done with the sensitive information.
Anti-nuclear activist sees commonalities between Minamata and Fukushima
According to Aileen Mioko Smith, who together with her late husband, the photographer Eugene Smith, drew the world's attention to one of Japan's most far-reaching pollution-caused diseases, the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and Minamata disease have many things in common.
86% of municipalities reluctant to accept debris from March disasters
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A total of 86 percent of municipalities in Japan responding to a survey said they are reluctant to accept debris from Iwate and Miyagi prefectures, which were severely hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, partly due to fears it may contain radioactive substances resulting from the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, the poll showed Saturday.
Japan to Provide Financial Aid over Disaster Debris Disposal: Noda
Tokyo, March 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Sunday his government will provide financial assistance to local governments that accept debris from last year's disasters that hit northeastern Japan for disposal.
A group of shareholders in Tokyo Electric Power Company has sued former and current executives of the utility, seeking 5.5 trillion yen, or nearly 68 billion dollars, in damages over the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
REVITALIZING JAPAN--Creative use of land / Kyushu eyes Asia to boost economy
The following is the sixth installment in the "Creative use of land" section of a series of articles examining ways to restore Japan's vitality. This part of the series explores how to utilize land in the face of problems common to all parts of the country. This article looks at what has been done in the Kyushu region to boost its growth.
FUKUSHIMA -- Workers in rubber boots chip at the frozen ground, scraping until they've removed the top 5 centimeters of radioactive soil from the yard of a single home. Total amount of waste gathered: roughly 60 tons.
this July 24, 2011 photo, an abandoned bicycle rests on a road partially blocked by ships that washed ashore in the town of Namie, inside the 20-kilometer exclusion zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in northeastern Japan. A year after a tsunami crippled the plant and caused widespread radiation leaks, a massive and complex cleanup has begun, but experts say areas inside the nuclear exclusion zone will be difficult to decontaminate. (AP Photo) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203050080
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Saving sake: Struggling to restore confidence in Fukushima's liquor-destined rice
"It really brought tears to my eyes," said Fukushima Prefecture sake producer Yasuhiro Watanabe, recalling the moment he saw a brand new bottle of sake and vegetables from the prefecture discarded in a station rubbish bin in Tokyo.
83% of local gov'ts have anxiety in distributing iodine preparation
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- A Kyodo News survey showed Sunday that 83 percent of local governments nationwide have anxiety about distributing iodine preparation to their residents in case of a nuclear crisis, partly because they do not know how to instruct residents to take it.
Noda vows to accelerate disposal of debris generated in March disaster
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda pledged Sunday to accelerate the disposal of debris generated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year by offering financial assistance to municipalities that accept the waste and conducting radiation tests to ease concerns among local residents.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan's prime minister acknowledged Saturday the government failed in its response to last year's earthquake and tsunami, being too slow in relaying key information and believing too much in "a myth of safety" about nuclear power.
Fukushima nuclear disaster likely on agenda at Seoul nuclear summit
SEOUL (Kyodo) -- The 2011 nuclear disaster caused by the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan is likely to be on the agenda at the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul as part of efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism, South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung Hwan said Monday.
Fukushima village comes together for radioactive cleanup and recovery project
IITATE, Fukushima -- The people of this village are all gone, ordered to leave last year due to radioactive contamination. The citizens of Iitate, however, are working for the day they might return, as dump trucks rumble through the abandoned center loaded with soil and other materials for disposal -- part of a government model decontamination operation.
Fukushima city sees more patients with insomnia, high blood pressure: survey
FUKUSHIMA -- The rate of insomnia and high blood pressure among people in this city had grown significantly in the first six months since the outbreak of the nuclear disaster in comparison to data from the previous year, a recently revealed survey shows.
Man who lost parents to tsunami vows to work for recovery of hometown
NARAHA, Fukushima -- A man who lost his parents to the March 11 tsunami joined a mourning ceremony for local victims here on March 4, where he vowed to use his strength for the recovery of his hometown.
Medical personnel quitting Fukushima due to lingering fears of radiation exposure
FUKUSHIMA -- Fears of radiation exposure continue to haunt people in Fukushima Prefecture, nearly one year after the March 11 megaquake and tsunami triggered the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
One Year On: Frustration Increasing over TEPCO N-Crisis Compensation
Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--With financial damage still growing one year after Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant was badly damaged by the March 11 disaster, frustration is increasing among victims of Japan's worst nuclear accident.
INTERVIEW: Japan Should Clarify Chain of Command in Emergencies
Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government should clarify its chain of command for emergencies to ensure swift decision-making, Nobuo Ishihara, a former senior bureaucrat, said in a recent interview.
Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--After the Fukushima nuclear accident about a year ago heightened concerns about the safety of nuclear power, the Japanese government is now working to map out a new basic energy plan by this summer.
Tokyo, March 5 (Jiji Press)--Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. and two other Japanese megabanks are set to meet requests for additional loans to struggling Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501>, informed sources said Monday.
Japan to Contribute More to IAEA N-Plant Safety Program
Vienna, March 5 (Jiji Press)--A top Japanese diplomat here on Monday announced Tokyo's plan to contribute additional 4 million euros to the International Atomic Energy Agency's action program to enhance the safety of nuclear power plants.
Re: Japan - Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Crisis Units 1-6 Reports, News, Graphics - January 13, 2012 +
Thanks you Makoto for all the work documenting and reporting on the Fukushima Daiichi events.
It has come to our attention that some people on the internet are exploiting this tragedy by sensationalizing and creating false stories about Fukushima.
Please judge carefully what you are viewing on the internet - especially if the site is asking for donations. Usually the truth is much more boring than a story that has been sensationalized.
The earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011 was a great tragedy of our time. An estimated 15,000+ lost their lives. People drowned in their cars, homes, schools. We have all seen the videos. People racing to out run the approaching waters, only to be lost from sight as they lose their footing and disappear in the wall of debris. Over 3200 are still missing.
It is a travesty to the victims to twist the truth about the events of that day and continuing issues involving the radiation from the Fukushima nuclear facility.
We should honor the victims, their families, and the entire community of Japan by telling the true story of events as they happen.
We have learned much about earthquakes, tsunamis, fault lines, radiation, and nuclear accidents from this event. We owe all the victims a duty for their sacrifice to use this information for the betterment of society.
Again, thank you Makoto for all of your hard work diligently documenting these events.
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Shareholders file $67 billion lawsuit against TEPCO executives
Shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in northeast Japan, are suing the utility's executives for a record 5.5 trillion yen ($67.4 billion) in compensation, lawyers said.
Survey shows widespread skepticism about cleanup in Fukushima
Ninety-two percent of Fukushima residents believe the groundwork has yet to be laid for rebuilding the prefecture nearly a year after the disaster started at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a survey showed.
Rights group: Japan too slow in Fukushima health checks
A year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan's government is still too slow in providing health checks and information to residents, leaving them confused and suspicious of authorities, Human Rights Watch said on March 6.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) -- Workers in rubber boots chip at the frozen ground, scraping until they've removed the top 2 inches (5 centimeters) of radioactive soil from the yard of a single home. Total amount of waste gathered: roughly 60 tons.
Saving sake: Post-tsunami reopened sake shop brings comfort to Fukushima town evacuees
When tsunami waves engulfed the entire Suzuki Shuzoten sake brewery in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11, 2011, its senior managing director and sake producer Daisuke Suzuki thought the business could never be restored again.
Softbank unit to build mega solar power plants in Kyoto, Gunma, Tokushima
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Softbank Corp. subsidiary SB Energy Corp. will build and operate solar power plants in Kyoto, Shinto in Gunma Prefecture, and Matsushige and Komatsushima in Tokushima Prefecture, according to separate announcements Monday.
TEPCO offers discounts for summer power-saving efforts by small firms
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Monday it will offer electricity rate discounts for power-saving efforts this summer by smaller businesses to reduce the additional financial burden on them following its planned rate hike from April.
Local gov'ts to get more support for accepting disaster debris
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The central government on Monday announced a set of additional financial support measures to get local governments nationwide to accept and help dispose of debris generated by last March's devastating earthquake and tsunami.
Fault under Tsuruga nuclear plant could trigger M7.4 quake: research
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An active fault running under the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at Japan Atomic Power Co.'s Tsuruga nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture is at least 35 kilometers long and could trigger an earthquake with a magnitude of around 7.4, much higher than previously anticipated, a team of government-affiliated researchers said Monday.
Japan to contribute 4 mil. euros to IAEA for nuclear safety
VIENNA (Kyodo) -- Japan pledged Monday to contribute 4 million euros, or 430 million yen, to help the International Atomic Energy Agency implement its action plan to raise safety levels at nuclear reactors worldwide.
JR East to relocate section of Joban Line hit hard by tsunami
.....Masayuki Satomi, head of JR East's Sendai branch, said it is set to relocate an 18.2-kilometer section of the line along the Pacific coast between Hamayoshida in Miyagi Prefecture and Komagamine in Fukushima Prefecture up to one kilometer inland to avoid damage from any future tsunami.
Shenanigans at TEPCO subsidiary led to higher electricity rates: investigation
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) raised electricity rates after one of its subsidiaries offloaded an assignment from the utility -- and its projected profits -- onto a third-party firm, a Tokyo Metropolitan Government investigation has revealed.
Health effects of radiation doses under 100 millisieverts still unknown
As radioactive material from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant continues to contaminate wide swathes of Japan, the health effects of radiation -- including from relatively low doses -- are a matter of concern for many, and unknowns remain.
Tokyo, March 6 (Jiji Press)--Topy Industries Ltd. <7231> said Tuesday that the Japanese auto and construction machine parts maker will lend its newly developed research robot to Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> for free to support work at its disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Japanese Consortium to Begin Wind Power Project off Fukushima
Tokyo, March 6 (Jiji Press)--A consortium of Japanese companies and the University of Tokyo will launch an experimental large-scale floating wind power generation project off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture this month, they said Tuesday.
Over 70 Pct of 20-Somethings Not to Return to Fukushima Village
Fukushima, March 6 (Jiji Press)--Over 70 pct of residents in their 20s have no plan to return after leaving a village in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, due to the nuclear crisis, a survey revealed Tuesday.
One Year On: Fukushima Struggling over Blanket Health Survey
Fukushima, March 6 (Jiji Press)--Authorities in Fukushima are struggling over a blanket health survey for residents in the northeastern Japan prefecture in the wake of contamination with radioactive substances following the nuclear crisis that began nearly a year ago at a Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> plant.
Press Release (Mar 07,2012) Report with regards to "Policy on the mid term security" for the Units 1 to 4 of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station to Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (2) (Revised 2 ) and (3) (Revised)
Rights group: Japan too slow in Fukushima health checks
A year after the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japan's government is still too slow in providing health checks and information to residents, leaving them confused and suspicious of authorities, Human Rights Watch said on March 6.
Melted fuel from U.S. nuclear accident may help Japanese efforts
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said on March 5 melted nuclear fuel from the 1979 accident at the U.S. Three Mile Island power plant in its possession may be analyzed to help prepare for the decommissioning of the crippled Japanese reactors.
Part of the melted nuclear fuel from the accident at the U.S. Three Mile Island nuclear power plant (Provided by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
A cross-section view of melted nuclear fuel. The part that looks green is uranium dioxide and the part appearing brown contains zirconium, iron, nickel and other metals. (Provided by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203070001
Ceiling girder removed from Fukushima reactor
Tokyo Electric Power Co. released images on March 6 showing the removal of a large girder from the top floor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 4 reactor building.
Three Mile Island offers treasure trove of lessons for Fukushima
THREE MILE ISLAND, Pennsylvania--When engineers inserted a camera probe into the stricken Unit 2 reactor of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant here more than three decades ago, the images that appeared were quite unlike anything they had anticipated.
The stricken Unit 2 reactor, where fuel removal was completed, at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Middletown, Pennsylvania (Naoya Kon) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203070054
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decontamination in Kashiwa, Chiba pref
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Editorial: Time to say goodbye to nuclear power
The illusion of nuclear power safety has been torn out by the root. The Fukushima nuclear disaster that followed the great waves of March 11 last year made sure of that.
Saving sake: 300-year-old brewery battling against impact of Fukushima nuclear crisis
KORIYAMA, Fukushima -- Niidahonke, a sake brewery here that marked the 300th anniversary of its founding last year to ironically coincide with the outbreak of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, has since been fighting a battle against harmful rumors about radiation threats with its new sake brands made from "natural rice.
Edano hopes new floating wind farm off Fukushima will support region
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano on Tuesday expressed hope that the planned construction of a floating wind farm off Fukushima Prefecture will help the disaster-stricken region to recover by eventually creating about 4,000 jobs.
U.S. envoy cites need for regional mechanism to respond to disasters
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos said on Tuesday there is a need to create a multilateral scheme involving the U.S. forces to respond to disasters in the Asia-Pacific region, like happened following last March's massive earthquake and tsunami, and ensuing nuclear crisis, in Japan.
Fukushima nuclear crisis was preventable: U.S. experts
WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan could have been prevented if Japanese authorities and the operator of the plant had strengthened safety measures in accordance with international standards, U.S. experts said Tuesday.
Gov't plans to redraw nuclear no-go zone to remove city of Tamura
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- The government conveyed to the city of Tamura in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday its plan to redesignate the city as outside the no-go zone near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant as early as April, the municipality said.
Over 70% of farmers in quake-hit area still feel negative effects: poll
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- More than 71 percent of farming households responding to a survey in the three prefectures most severely stricken by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami feel their business is still being affected by the quake and consequent nuclear crisis, the Development Bank of Japan poll showed Tuesday.
36% of evacuees from Fukushima not wanting to return: survey
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Thirty-six percent of 185 people displaced from Fukushima Prefecture who responded to a Kyodo News survey are reluctant to return to their homes, while 42 percent want to return, the poll results showed Tuesday.
Quake severity estimate for Tsuruga nuclear plant to be reassessed
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency plans to call on Japan Atomic Power Co. to reassess its worst-case scenario for an earthquake at its Tsuruga nuclear power plant in light of new research showing a bigger-than-expected quake could strike the plant in Fukui Prefecture, agency officials said Tuesday.
Contaminated water may still be leaking into sea from Fukushima plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A group of researchers has reported that radiation-contaminated water could still be leaking into the sea from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, nearly a year after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered meltdowns at the complex.
Japan has to deal with nuclear crisis with 'utmost seriousness': JAEC head
FUKUI (Kyodo) -- Japan has to deal with the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant "with the utmost seriousness and great sense of remorse," the head of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission said Wednesday.
Industry minister to tell TEPCO to cut 'free' contracts with affiliated firms by 30 percent
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano said on March 6 that he would urge Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to cut the amount of its "free" contracts with its affiliated firms and subsidiaries by 30 percent within three years.
Miyagi governor to visit Japan's neighbors this year to promote tourism
Miyagi Gov. Yoshihiro Murai said March 7 that he will visit Taiwan, South Korea and China this year to help revitalize the local tourism industry, which has been seriously affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear crisis.
Evacuees from March 11 disasters losing hope of going home
Of those who have evacuated from areas hit hard by the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear crisis, an increasing number are considering settling down in locations away from their hometowns, a Mainichi survey has found.
Japanese Consortium to Begin Wind Power Project off Fukushima
Tokyo, March 6 (Jiji Press)--A consortium of Japanese companies and the University of Tokyo will launch an experimental large-scale floating wind power generation project off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture this month, they said Tuesday.
Half of Japanese See March 11 Memories Fading: Survey
Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--A Dentsu Inc. <4324> survey showed Wednesday that 50.2 pct of Japanese people think that the memories of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year are fading and the lessons learned from the disaster have not been adequately used to better prepare for a future disaster.
One Year On: Japan Gropes for Ways to Decommission Crippled N-Reactors
Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--After declaring last December that the Fukushima nuclear accident had been contained, Japan is beginning to tackle the unprecedented mission of decommissioning multiple nuclear reactors after core meltdowns.
Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--Japan's nuclear crisis is far from over nearly one year after it began, with accurate conditions inside reactors at a disaster-stricken power plant at the center of the crisis still not known.
TEPCO to Install Cover over No. 4 Reactor for Fuel Removal
Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> said Wednesday that it plans to install a steel-framed cover over the building of the No. 4 reactor at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to prepare for removing fuel from the reactor's pool.
Japan's current account balance in January slipped into the red for the first time in 3 years, also marking the biggest deficit on record.
.....Meanwhile, imports surged 11.2 percent due to reasons such as an increase of liquefied natural gas for thermal power plants. Those plants have been used in place of nuclear power plants that went off-line following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March last year.
Japanese mothers who fled to the greater Tokyo Metropolitan area after last year's accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, have spoken at the United Nations about health fears for their children.
Work has started to reduce levels of radiation on roads inside some evacuation zones around the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The work is part of government efforts to allow some evacuees to return home in the near future.
ONE YEAR AFTER THE DISASTER / Schools with fewer students struggle to reopen / High number of families with children displaced by Fukushima disaster yet to return to municipalities
"I passed the entrance exam of the high school I wanted to go to," one student wrote.
Since mid-January, students have been posting messages like this one on the blog of the municipal Naraha Middle School in Fukushima Prefecture.
Bungled replacement work and a chance opening in a separator gate very likely saved the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant from descending into a nightmarish situation, it has been learned.
REMEMBERING 3/11: Photos capture disaster zones now and then
A fishing vessel washed ashore by the tsunami, a train car lifted from its tracks by a wall of waves and a dimly lit gym packed with evacuees are some of the images forever etched in memory after the devastation wrought by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami last year.
Above left: Vacant lots, particularly near the waterfront, are still conspicuous in a residential area in the Hisanohama-machi district of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 22. (Eiji Hori); right: The tsunami swept through the area on March 11, 2011, leaving fires in its wake. (The Asahi Shimbun) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203080018
REMEMBERING 3/11: Fukushima children beg government, 'Please get rid of radiation'
When a 9-year-old boy from Fukushima Prefecture wrote a letter to Prime Minister Naoto Kan in August, he asked a question that was on the minds of many other children his age.
REMEMBERING 3/11: Fukushima an open-ended conclusion to photographer’s long career
YANAI, Yamaguchi Prefecture -- Kikujiro Fukushima’s eyes barely see, his ears barely take in sounds and his legs give out on a 100-meter walk with his dog. But when he learned that villages near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were to be evacuated, he knew it was time to summon up his last strength and head over there.
Kikujiro Fukushima reviews contact sheets of negatives taken in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, at his home in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture. (Louis Templado)
searches in Fukushima sea side area
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Yoroku: Can 'The Scream' painting warn future generations of radioactive waste risks?
Norwegian painter Edvard Munch's "The Scream," which depicts a man covering his ears and opening his mouth against the backdrop of the red sky, is so impressive that those who see the work once will never forget it. The artist drew four pictures with the same composition.
Fukushima disaster resonates in Vermont nuclear debate
(AP) -- Although the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant sits on the banks of the Connecticut River in Vermont far from the crippled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the ongoing crisis in Japan has affected the controversy surrounding the state's sole nuclear plant.
Japan logs 1st current account deficit in 3 yrs on slowing exports
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's current account balance fell into the red in January for the first time in three years on the combination of growing imports and slowing exports, government data showed Thursday, while its officials said this was due largely to temporary effects.
Red Cross to host int'l meeting in May on nuclear accident preparedness
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies will host a conference in Tokyo in May to share Japan's experience of the Fukushima nuclear crisis with IFRC members and enhance preparedness for such disasters, they said Wednesday.
Unifying Japan's power frequencies would cost 10 trillion yen
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Natural Resources and Energy Agency said Wednesday it is unrealistic to consider unifying the country's power frequencies that are set at 50 hertz in eastern Japan regions and 60 hertz in western regions, citing costs and other factors.
TEPCO president has no plan to speak to media on disaster anniv.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that President Toshio Nishizawa has no plan to speak directly to the media on the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11 last year that also triggered the nuclear crisis at the utility's Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Fukushima mothers, kids speak of health concerns at N.Y. event
NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Two mothers and their sons from Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday spoke in New York about their health concerns stemming from the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
South Korea increasingly finding radiation in Japanese fishery imports
SEOUL (Kyodo) -- South Korea is more frequently finding radioactive materials in fishery products from Japan, but has no immediate plans to ban imports as their levels are far below the maximum intake limits, Yonhap News Agency reported Thursday, citing an unidentified inspection agency official.
Process for restarting reactors preceding new energy policy
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Since the Fukushima nuclear crisis began a year ago, Japan's energy supply mix has undergone a shakeup, with only two out of the nation's 54 commercial nuclear reactors currently online and thermal power filling the gap.
Fukushima plant still needing great care a year after tsunami
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was ravaged by a huge earthquake and tsunami, Japan continues to face the challenge of keeping the complex under control without much knowledge of what is actually happening inside the three crippled reactors.
One year on, Fukushima governor vows to replace atomic power with green energy
Nearly one year after the outbreak of Japan's worst nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato has said he will strive to rebuild the disaster-stricken prefecture swiftly to help local residents return home, nurture new industries to revitalize the badly-damaged local economy, and promote renewable energy to replace nuclear power generation.
Ex-fire department head regrets issuing order to spray water on Fukushima nuclear plant
A former head of the Tokyo Fire Department expressed regret for ordering firefighters to spray water into the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in March last year while their safety was not guaranteed.
Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--A Softbank Corp. <9984> unit will build and operate a mega solar power plant in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, with trader Mitsui & Co. <8031>, company sources said Thursday.
Company to Help Internal Radiation Checks in Miyagi, Fukushima
Sendai, Miyagi Pref., March 8 (Jiji Press)--Information technology consulting firm Japan Third Party Co. <2488> said Thursday that it will lease equipment to measure internal radiation exposure to companies in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, northeastern Japan.
Fukushima Town Claims 19-B.-Yen Damages from TEPCO
Kazo, Saitama Pref., March 8 (Jiji Press)--The town of Futaba in Fukushima Prefecture filed on Thursday a 19,253-million-yen damages claim for Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9502>, the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.
Okuma, Fukushima Pref., March 8 (Jiji Press)--Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato visited Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Thursday for the first time since the nuclear crisis began at the plant in the northeastern prefecture a year ago.
University Students Discuss Disaster Debris Disposal
Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--University students and experts on Thursday discussed how to facilitate stalled work to dispose of large amounts of debris left by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami last year.
Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--Japan's House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation for fiscal 2012 tax system reform, paving the way for introduction in October of an environment tax aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
TEPCO Compensation May End in Aug. for Some Residents
Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--A Japanese government panel is considering allowing Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> to end monthly nuclear damage compensation payments of 100,000 yen per head at the end of August for residents from areas formerly designated as evacuation preparation zones around TEPCO's stricken Fukushima No. 1 plant, it was learned Thursday.
Press Release (Mar 09,2012) Receipt of an instruction document concerning insufficient maintenance and control for measuring control facilities of the plants under long-term shutdown at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station
Current acct deficit hits 437 billion yen / Largely due to fall in value of exports
The nation posted a record monthly current account deficit of 437.3 billion yen in January, due mainly to a record deficit of 1.38 trillion yen in the balance of trade in goods, the Finance Ministry announced Thursday.
Govt to make 1st judgment on restarting N-reactors
The government will decide whether idled nuclear reactors are safe and should be restarted before seeking the approval of local governments and residents concerned, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano has said in an interview with The Yomiuri Shimbun.
Japan should decrease dependence on nuclear power instead of trying to reactivate reactors
The government's pledge to decrease Japan's reliance on nuclear power plants following the outbreak of the disaster at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is hardly mentioned in today's political world.
Saving sake: Human warmth brings hope to devastated Fukushima brewery
IWAKI, Fukushima -- A sake brewer who had been operating a centuries-old business in what is now a no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant was devastated at losing her family's traditional brewery to the nuclear disaster, but is now finding hope for recovery through support from across the country via Facebook and other exchanges on the Internet.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Supermarket chain operator Seiyu GK said Thursday it will begin selling rice cultivated in the Chinese province of Jilin at its 149 outlets in the Kanto region including Tokyo and Shizuoka Prefecture on Saturday to make up for a shortage of domestically produced low-priced rice since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan, Ukraine to conclude cooperation pact on nuclear accidents
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan and Ukraine have almost agreed to enhance cooperation in coping with nuclear accidents after they experienced two of the world's worst nuclear disasters, government sources said Thursday.
Recovered remains of around 480 persons unidentified
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The bodies or remains of 15,786 people have been recovered in the March disaster-hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures as of Feb. 29, of which 478 remain unidentified, according to National Police Agency data made available Thursday.
Number of suicides jumped shortly after March quake in 2011
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The number of suicides rose sharply in May last year, a police survey showed Friday, and the government suspects that economic hardship in the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake was responsible for the spike.
Prospects bleak for April 1 launch of new nuclear safety agency
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government is facing increasing difficulty to launch a new nuclear safety agency on April 1 as planned, with a related bill left without deliberations in parliament as of Thursday amid doubts from opposition parties over the body's independence.
Nuclear agency OKs Ikata nuclear reactor's safety test results
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's nuclear safety agency Friday validated the results of a safety test on an idled nuclear reactor at the Ikata power plant, saying that measures have already been taken to prevent an accident even if a quake or tsunami similar to the one that struck the Fukushima Daiichi plant comes, in a draft report to an advisory panel.
Gov't recognized meltdown possibility hours after tsunami hit plant
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese government was aware of the possibility of a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the very day the complex was hit by the earthquake and tsunami last March, a summary of the meetings of the government's nuclear emergency headquarters showed Friday.
57 percent of evacuees didn't apply for compensation due to confusing forms: survey
Fifty-seven percent of evacuees living in temporary housing and visited by the Nuclear Damage Liability Facilitation Fund said they have not applied for compensation because the forms were confusing or for other reasons, according to survey results released by the fund on March 8.
Over half of Fukushima residents 'greatly worried' about health after nuclear crisis
Over half of Fukushima Prefecture's residents worry greatly about their health due to the ongoing nuclear crisis at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, a Mainichi Shimbun poll has indicated.
Life getting worse for many Fukushima residents: Mainichi poll
Fifty-seven percent of Fukushima Prefecture residents in a survey by the Mainichi Shimbun say their life has worsened one year after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
Chubu Electric to Receive 250-B.-Yen Loans from 3 Major Banks
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Chubu Electric Power Co. <9502> plans to take on loans totaling some 250 billion yen from three major Japanese banks to cover rising costs for fuel for thermal power generation and redeem maturing bonds, informed sources said Friday.
Japan Nuclear Agency Ready to Approve Another Stress Test Results
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency presented plans Friday to approve the results of Shikoku Electric Power Co.'s <9507> stress tests on a reactor at its nuclear plant in western Japan.
Japan Govt Eyes Several Nuclear Waste Depots near Fukushima Plant
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to build temporary nuclear waste storage facilities in several locations in the Futaba district in Fukushima Prefecture, reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano said Friday.
Japan Govt Aware of Meltdown Possibility Soon After Accident
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government was aware of the possibility of a nuclear fuel meltdown soon after a Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> plant was hit by a disaster on March 11 last year, summaries of a series of government meetings showed Friday.
One Year On: Heaps of Debris Still Crippling Disaster Areas
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Most of some 22 million tons of debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are still left in the three hardest-hit Tohoku northeastern prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, as only three other prefectures have offered to help them with disposal.
INTERVIEW: Int'l Red Cross Meeting to Be Held in Tokyo in May
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies plans to hold a conference in Tokyo in May to discuss health measures that should be taken after a nuclear disaster, the federation's president, Tadateru Konoe, has said in a recent interview with Jiji Press.
Thyroid Radiation Doses at Up to 87 Millisieverts for Fukushima People
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Radioactive iodine was detected in the thyroid glands of 50 of 65 Fukushima Prefecture residents surveyed one month after the nuclear accident, with maximum radiation exposure standing at 87 millisieverts per hour, researchers said Friday.
TEPCO to Allow Women to Resume Work at Stricken N-Plant
Tokyo, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> said Friday that it will revise the operational guidelines for its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant so that women can resume work at the facility.
INTERVIEW: U.S. Expert Concerned over Summer Power Shortages in Japan
New York, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Hugh Patrick, a noted U.S. expert on the Japanese economy, has expressed concerns over electricity shortages that may hit Japan hard in the summer as all nuclear reactors in the country will be offline.
Noda Vows to "Build New Japan" after March 11 Disaster
Washington, March 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda expressed determination to "build a new Japan," in a contribution to The Washington Post ahead of the first anniversary Sunday of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Seiyu GK will start selling Chinese-grown rice on Saturday at 149 stores in Tokyo, Shizuoka and five other prefectures in the Kanto region at 1,299 yen for five kilograms--more than 20 percent less than inexpensive domestic brands, the major supermarket chain has announced.
Govt knew N-meltdown was probable / Summaries show concerns arose Mar. 11
The government's Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters was aware that the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant would likely suffer a meltdown just hours after the nuclear crisis began, according to internal meeting summaries released Friday.
REMEMBERING 3/11: Fukushima workers brave radiation for 1,000 yen an hour
In the tense days after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the world’s eyes turned briefly on the “Fukushima 50,” the small group of men desperately trying to bring the reactors under control.
Nuclear power plant workers shed their protective gear after work on Nov. 11 at J.Village, a soccer training center in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, that has been converted into the front line base for dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident. The workers pictured in this series of photographs are not those featured in the article. (Ikuro Aiba)
Workers at the Fukushima plant work 10-hour shifts in harsh conditions for low pay. (Pool)
IAEA says nuclear power safer 1 year after Fukushima
VIENNA -- Nuclear power is safer than it was a year ago when an earthquake and tsunami hit the area around Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant, the U.N. atomic energy chief said on Friday, but environmental group Greenpeace said no real lessons had been learnt.
Satoko Miyakoshi knew nothing about nuclear power before the March 11 disaster so she decided to attend an anti-nuclear demonstration in the Koenji district of Tokyo on April 10 to learn more about the issue.
A banner, where dolls are used to spell letters meaning "Goodbye to nuclear plants," leads an anti-nuclear demonstration in Tokyo's Shibuya district on Dec. 17. (Provided by Arisa Kasai) http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311dis...AJ201203100001
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Radiation fears prompt some to relocate from even Tokyo area
KAMAKURA (Kyodo) -- Lingering concerns about radiation fallout a year after the Fukushima nuclear accident have prompted some people even as far away as the Tokyo region, some 100 to 250 kilometers from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi power plant, to move away.
MINAMISOMA, Japan (AP) -- The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had been ordered out but had no vehicles to evacuate the hundreds of patients in their care. After two days of waiting in the cold with no electricity, help finally came.
Chubu Electric eyeing 250 bil. yen in loans from 3 megabanks
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Chubu Electric Power Co. plans to tap Japan's three megabanks for loans totaling around 250 billion yen to meet financial needs in fiscal 2012, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.
March 11 disaster causes 644 corporate bankruptcies in 40 prefectures
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A total of 644 companies have gone bankrupt in 40 of Japan's 47 prefectures in connection with last March's massive earthquake and tsunami, testifying to much wider effects of the disaster than those of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in January 1995, a credit research agency said Friday.
IAEA chief says nuclear power is safer than 1 year ago
VIENNA (Kyodo) -- The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Friday nuclear power is safer than a year ago as the nuclear industry and governments around the world act on lessons from the crisis that hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.
U.S. regulator orders enhanced safety steps after Fukushima disaster
WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Friday it has issued orders requiring domestic reactors to implement stronger safety measures, including improvement of venting systems for boiling-water reactors, following the disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last March.
WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda pledged to overcome various challenges stemming from last year's catastrophe and build "a new Japan" in an ad in a Friday online edition of the Washington Post on the eve of the first anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Ex-Japan PM Kan compares Fukushima crisis to 'war with invisible enemy'
Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan compared the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant triggered by last March's earthquake and tsunami to "a war with an invisible enemy" in an article he contributed to Foreign Affairs magazine.
Japan, Ukraine eager to cooperate to enhance global nuclear safety
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and Volodymyr Lytvyn, speaker of Ukraine's parliament, shared the view on Friday that it is important for the two countries to work together to enhance global nuclear safety, the Foreign Ministry said.
Obama praises Japan's resilience, fortitude on quake anniv.
WASHINGTON (Kyodo) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday issued a statement on the first anniversary of the March 11 devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan, praising the Japanese people's fortitude and resilience.
Nuclear safety commission chief intends to step down at end of March
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Haruki Madarame, head of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan who was involved in the government's efforts to contain the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis, indicated Friday that he intends to resign at the end of this month even if a new nuclear regulatory agency is not launched in April as planned.
Japan conditionally allows rice planting in cesium-detected areas
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government said Friday it will allow rice to be grown this year in 28 areas of Fukushima Prefecture where radioactive cesium levels of 100 to 500 becquerels per kilogram were detected in rice harvested last fall in the wake of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, under condition that all rice bags undergo radiation testing.
Fukushima logs biggest net population outflow in Japan
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Fukushima Prefecture logged the biggest net population outflow among 47 Japanese prefectures at 7,116 people in the year through March 2011, due apparently to the month's earthquake, tsunami and the ensuing nuclear crisis there, the government said Friday.
Gov't to build interim storage facilities for radiation-tainted waste
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The government will ask local municipalities to host interim storage facilities for radiation-contaminated soil and other waste at several locations in Fukushima Prefecture near the crisis-hit nuclear power plant, reconstruction minister Tatsuo Hirano said Friday.
Some ministers worried about reactor shutdowns, summaries show
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Several Cabinet ministers expressed concern in government meetings over a series of suspensions of nuclear reactors following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant last year, arguing it would lead to tight electric supply and demand, according to summaries of the meetings released by the government Friday.
Japan nuclear reactor operating rate hits record low 6.1% in Feb.
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The operating rate of Japan's 54 commercial nuclear reactors fell to a record low of 6.1 percent in February from 10.3 percent in January as a reactor was shut down for regular checks in the reporting month, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum has said.
TEPCO to indicate in March whether all Fukushima reactors to be scrapped
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Electric Power Co. will indicate later in the month whether all the reactors at its two nuclear power plants in Fukushima Prefecture will be scrapped, not just the four badly damaged reactors to be decommissioned at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, company President Toshio Nishizawa said Friday.
Municipalities around Fukushima nuclear plant divided over 'new town' scheme
FUKUSHIMA -- The 12 municipalities situated wholly or partly in the no-go zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant are faced with an agonizing decision: hold out as refugee communities in hopes of one day going back, or give up returning home anytime soon and establish so-called "new towns" on new land.
Japan tourism making recovery 1 year after disaster, but return of S. Korean visitors slow
The number of foreign visitors to Japan is making a sound recovery as the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami that triggered the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. However, while Japan welcomes a steady influx of tourists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the number of visitors from South Korea, which accounts for a major share of Japan's tourism market, has yet to show a marked recovery.
High radioiodine levels found in thyroids of Fukushima residents post-meltdown
HIROSAKI, Aomori -- Radioactive iodine levels exceeding international limits were detected in the thyroid glands of five people who lived near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant during the meltdowns there, researchers here have revealed.
90 percent of those missing in 3/11 disasters registered as dead
Of the 3,151 people still missing in the three prefectures worst hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, local authorities have accepted obituary notices for 2,860 -- or just over 90 percent of the total -- the Mainichi learned on March 9.
Fukushima town seeks 19 billion yen from TEPCO for real estate damage
FUTABA, Fukushima -- The mayor of this town, home to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, has handed a bill to plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for over 19.25 billion yen to cover damage to the town's real estate caused by the meltdowns at the plant.
TOKYO (AP) -- Just four hours after a tsunami swept into the Fukushima nuclear power plant, Japan's leaders knew the damage was so severe that the reactors could melt down, but they kept their knowledge secret for months. Five days into the crisis, then-Prime Minister Naoto Kan voiced his fears that it could turn worse than Chernobyl.
Softbank to Start Wind Power Generation in Gobi Desert
Tokyo, March 10 (Jiji Press)--Softbank Corp. <9984> said Saturday it will tie up with Mongolian investment firm Newcom Group and Korea Electric Power Corp. in order to start a wind power generation project in the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Japan Govt Proposes Nuke Waste Depots in 3 Fukushima Towns
Koriyama, Fukushima Pref., March 10 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government proposed Saturday to build temporary storage facilities for radioactive waste from the nuclear disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> Fukushima No. 1 plant in the three Fukushima Prefecture towns of Futaba, Okuma and Naraha.
U.S. Uninformed of Tokyo Evacuation Scenario: Ex-Official
Washington, March 10 (Jiji Press)--Jeffrey Bader, a former senior official in the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama, has criticized Japan for failing to inform Washington about a worst-case scenario of Tokyo having to be evacuated due to the nuclear crisis.
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