In-Focus Japan: Japan to study genetic effects of radiation – Hokkaido working on hydrogen explosion prevention

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Hokkaido University working on new technologies to prevent hydrogen explosions

A research team from Hokkaido University will create 1:1000th and 1:200th scale models of reactor buildings to study the convection flow of hydrogen, and determine the most effective deployment locations for magnesium technologies which absorb hydrogen.

Source: The Denki Shimbun

New nuclear regulatory commission appointments may be delayed

A DPJ official told the JiJi Press that Japan’s parliament may not vote on appointments to the planned new nuclear regulatory commission prior to the end of the current session on September 8th, as there is infighting among politicians and the DPJ as to whether the appointees are fit for duty.

Source: JiJi Press

Japanese Government to study genetic effects of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi

Japan’s Environment Ministry plans to study the possible effects of radiation on the public from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster said Environment minister Goshi Hosono in Fukushima City.  Hosono added that the residents will require monitoring for more than 50 years, and that understanding how radiation affects the human body at the genetic level would be valuable in the future.

The tests will include blood testing, and will work primarily with the Fukushima Medical University and select other research organizations.

Source: NHK

Japans new energy strategy focused on renewable power

Japan’s Environment Ministry has released a new energy strategy which aims to boost the amount of offshore wind, ocean, and biomass electricity production by up to six times by 2030.  The combined power output from the 4 sources is projected high as 19.4 million kilowatts.

The Ministry is also developing hydrogen production technologies in coordination with universities and private companies.

Source: The Japan Times

Source: The Daily Yomiuri

Source: The Denki Shimbun

Source: JiJi Press

Source: NHK

TEPCO will raise household electricity rates by 8.46%

Source: JiJi Press

Over 60% of Japanese do not trust lawmakers

Source: JiJi Press

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