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Japan halts review of national nuclear policy after draft report scandal

The Japan Atomic Energy Commission has decided to suspend a review of the country’s nuclear policy guidelines currently being conducted by an expert panel after some of the panelists expressed concerns over the…

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Japan struggling with burden of decontamination and rehabilitation of Fukushima disaster

The Japanese government will offer around 3.3 billion dollars in reconstruction grants to communities heavily affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The move is the second round of grants to be…

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Reporters without borders blasts TEPCO and Japan over unacceptable restrictions on freelance journalists

A year after the nuclear disaster, restrictions on freelance journalists remain stricter than those that apply to journalists affiliated to a news organization. The foreign media are still largely under-represented. Only two Japanese…

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New TEPCO estimates show over 900,000 TBq of Cs-137 and I-131 released from Fukushima Daiichi

TEPCO has released new estimates which show over 900,000 TBq of Cesium-137 and Iodine-131 have been released into the air from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors.  The new figure is larger than estimates…

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JNES analysis shows Unit 1 water level 80% lower than TEPCO estimates

New analysis by the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization has shown cooling water may be leaking from Unit 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. They say the water level of the reactor’s…

Recently the central Japanese government took control of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the utility at the center of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and agreed to the nation’s largest bailout since the rescue of the banking industry in the 1990s.

TEPCO profits most from higher priced regulated sales of electricity to residential districts rather than negotiated deals with corporate customers

Tokyo Electric has asked the government to approve an average 10.28 percent hike in charges for the residential sector starting in July on condition that its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant restarts within the business…

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Japan reaches out to US firms for decontamination aid in Fukushima

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the citizens of Japan are struggling to limit potential pathways for exposure to radioactive materials spread over wide areas including the high dose rate regions…

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Japanese university developing building plaster made with zeolite to absorb cesium

One unresolved problem with the Fukushima Daiichi disaster is the radioactive particles contamination worldwide, and especially in Japan. Dispersed low level contamination poses a particular challenge to those charged with its remediation. Many…

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Japan panel investigating unanswered questions surrounding the Fukushima disaster

A Japanese Diet-appointed panel is investigating the details surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster to try to determine who is telling the truth about a key phase in the Fukushima nuclear disaster: politicians or…

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TEPCO admits to having ignored more warnings of Fukushima Daiichi tsunami risk

Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted to JiJi Press reporters on Tuesday that it was aware a tsunami could cause a total blackout 5 years before last March’s disaster, but did not act on…

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Newly announced TEPCO directors only complicate perceived mismanagement of Fukushima disaster

Newly announced TEPCO director Yoshiaki Fujimori is a 22-year GE veteran: enformable.com/2012/05/newly-… #Fukushima — Enformable (@Enformable) May 14, 2012   There has been recent unrest in Japan related to TEPCO’s 11 new outside…

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Cesium levels in rats near Fukushima Daiichi found to apparently rise in proportion to concentration of atmospheric radiation

NHK reports that over 3,100 becquerels of cesium per kilogram was detected in rats captured near Kawauchi village, which is 30 kilometers from the plant, compared to 790 becquerels per kilo, which was…

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Canadian Solar reviewing candidate sites in Fukushima Prefecture to use government-backed incentives to build solar panels

As part of reconstruction efforts, the government’s designated special zones in the disaster-stricken areas will offer tax breaks and relaxed regulations to attract companies. Solar and other renewable energies are drawing interest in…

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Japan yet to admit the true cost of nuclear disaster and realize the lessons learned

  This week, the central government approved a 1 trillion yen ($12.5 billion) public bailout for TEPCO, however the bailout may still not be enough as compensation costs balloon. The Fukushima nuclear disaster…

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TEPCO admits at least one underage subcontractor worked at Fukushima Daiichi in April 2011

TEPCO announced that a 17 year old boy had been working in Fukushima in early April 2011, a violation of the nation’s Labor Standards Law, the JiJi Press reports. According to TEPCO, the…

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Japan is first major economy to operate in modern era without nuclear energy

Japan is the first major economy to operate in the modern era without nuclear energy.  The protesters demand that the nation must remain nuclear free, recognizing Fukushima as a wake up call that…

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Civil group finds high levels of radiation up to 20 mSv per year at Japanese schools after restrictions lifted

Recently, a  Japanese civil group said that radiation hot spots were recorded outside 26 schools in Fukushima Prefecture. The group said it obtained the information about the schools in Koriyama from municipal education…

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Live streaming press conference on radiological concerns from Fukushima Disaster

May 4, 2012 -New York City, New York Japanese nuclear scientist and Japanese and U.S. medical doctors to discuss current radiological health conditions and concerns in Japan after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor catastrophe. Source:…

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The Bi-Polar Attitudes towards the nuclear threat

On April 16th – just over two weeks ago – Oregon Senator Ron Widen sent a letter to Japanese Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki seeking ways to quickly address the increasingly precarious condition of the…

As it currently stands, the only nuclear power plant in Japan in operation is the Unit 3 at Tomari nuclear power plant in Hokkaido Electric Power Co., which is scheduled to power down around 17:00pm this Friday, and drop offline around 23:00pm (JST) on May 5th.

Japan’s polar shift on May 5th should be remembered not forgotten

In Japan, across the country residents will be gathering to witness this monumental event, and so, the world send their messages of congratulations and solidarity in support, especially after the experiences shared over…

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