In-Focus Japan: TEPCO finds high radiation in Unit 2 – Fukui Governor Seeks More Safety Measures at Oi N-Plant

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High radiation one floor above Fukushima Daiichi reactor

Unit 2 Reactor Building Fifth Floor (Reactor Well) Photo taken on June 13, 2012

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has detected extremely high levels of radiation of 880 millisieverts per hour of radiation was detected on the fifth floor, which is 4.5 meters above the reactor containment vessel at Unit 2.

TEPCO sent a robot into the reactor building on Wednesday to take video images and radiation measurements.

TEPCO suspects radioactive substances leaked from the No. 2 reactor moved through the location.  The company said after analyzing the images taken by the robot it could not find the exact route the radioactive substances traveled. TEPCO added no major damage was found on the floor.

The utility reports that high radiation areas often stops workers from entering the building, meaning it will take a long time to find the problems in the containment vessel.

Source: NHK 

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Fukui Governor Seeks More Safety Measures at Oi N-Plant

Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa on Friday called on Kansai Electric Power Co. to boost safety measures at its Oi nuclear power plant in the central Japan prefecture.
At a meeting with Kansai Electric President Makoto Yagi, the governor said he wants a quakeproof building at the plant that would serve as a base in the event of a nuclear accident to be available as soon as possible.

Yagi said that his company will continue working to establish the world’s highest safety measures at the plant.

Some 46 pct of Japanese people oppose the restart of two idled reactors at the Oi nuclear power station in Fukui prefecture, a Jiji Press opinion poll revealed Friday.

Many members of parliamentary groups have expressed concerns about the reactors’ safety, saying adequate antidisaster measures have not been taken.  The poll highlighted the high level of opposition to restarting the nuclear reactors among the public.

Source: The Yomiuri

Source: JiJi Press

Source: JiJi Press

Local areas using agriculture to measure decontamination success

The municipal government of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, has started planting rice and vegetables to test how much radioactive materials they will absorb from the stricken nuclear plant in its midst.

A team of workers in white protective gear planted rice, carrots, spinach and other vegetables in an area about 6 km southwest of the crippled nuclear plant Tuesday.

Another group planted exactly the same rice seedlings and vegetables in an adjacent plot that has had 5 cm of its surface soil removed as part of decontamination work.

The municipal government will monitor the plants in the two plots to determine how effective decontamination efforts have been.

“We’d like to collect data to grow agricultural products again in this town some day, although we don’t know how long we will have to wait for that,” a municipal official said.

Source: The Japan Times

Japanese firms to build 500 million dollar – 100,000 kilowatt solar energy in Canada

Three Japanese companies plan to construct nine mega solar plants in eastern Ontario, which will have a combined output capacity of 100,000 kilowatts, one of the largest in the world for solar power generation. The plants will go on stream by the end of November 2013, according to the companies.

Mitsubishi and Sharp are working to expand their solar power businesses in Japan and abroad at a time when renewable energy sources are attracting increasing attention worldwide.

Sources say trading house Mitsubishi Corporation will team up with Osaka Gas and electronics maker Sharp to build 9 solar farms in the province of Ontario. Their combined output is expected to be 100,000 kilowatts.

The sources say the 3 companies will jointly set up a power generation firm and begin construction by the end of the year. The cost is estimated at about 500 million dollars.

Source: JiJi Press

Source: NHK

Japanese Novelist submits anti-nuclear petition to govt.

Nobel Prize-winning Japanese novelist Kenzaburo Oe has asked Japan’s government to end its policy of dependence on nuclear power.

Oe and 3 others handed an anti-nuclear power petition to Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura in Tokyo on Friday. The petition was signed by nearly 6.5 million people across the country.  He told reporters that the Fukushima accident has shown that people cannot coexist with nuclear plants.

He also said adults are responsible for opposing the restart, to maintain a healthy environment for children.

Source: NHK

Hitachi aims to double nuclear business sales by ’20

Hitachi Ltd. announced Thursday it plans to expand its nuclear power business sales to ¥360 billion in fiscal 2020, more than double the ¥160 billion it posted in fiscal 2011.

The company expects sales to increase on decommissioning work at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was ruined by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, as well as on overseas orders for atomic power stations.

Source: JiJi Press

Source: Japan Times

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