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
Press Release (Feb 29,2012)
Situation of storing and treatment of accumulated water including highly concentrated radioactive materials at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station(36th Release)
Press Release (Feb 29,2012)
Status of exposure dose evaluation for the workers at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station
Press Release (Feb 29,2012)
Status of TEPCO's Facilities and its services after the Tohoku-Chihou-Taiheiyou-Oki Earthquake (as of 3:00 pm, February 29)
*The updates are underlined
Unit 2 (Shut down)
Panel report: US nuclear safety guidelines ignored
An independent panel investigating the Fukushima nuclear accident says the Japanese government ignored the advice of the US authorities and failed to refer to US nuclear safety guidelines.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 05:44 +0900 (JST)
Cesium in milk found under limit
Major Japanese milk producers say their products have passed the government's safety standards for radioactive cesium.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 17:51 +0900 (JST)
Futaba town residents file TEPCO damages claim
A group of evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster have filed a compensation claim amounting to more than 5 million dollars with Tokyo Electric Power Company.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 20:23 +0900 (JST)
Local govt. to join for disaster debris disposal
Japan's local governments will work together to dispose of disaster debris from northern Japan, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami last March.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 21:10 +0900 (JST)
Reassessment asked for Hokkaido nuclear plant
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.
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 22:16 +0900 (JST)
Fukushima film needs financial help
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.
REMEMBERING 3/11: All alone, mother consoled by DVD of daughter
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--At Hisako Yokoyama’s temporary housing unit in this disaster-stricken city, a cellphone sounds the alarm for an imminent earthquake.
Asuka Yokoyama, a student in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, who died at age 13 in the tsunami last year.
The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident
The Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident was established by the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.
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.
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A new nightmare: Radioactive ash has nowhere to go
Temporary disposal sites for incinerated ash containing radioactive cesium are rapidly filling up, and no alternative landfills are available.
Incinerator ash containing radioactive substances are stored in containers on Feb. 27 on the premises of a waste disposal plant in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, because it has nowhere else to go. (Jun Ueda)
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.
Workers begin pouring cement onto the seabed at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 28. (Eiji Hori)
Report says Kan's meddling disrupted Fukushima response
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.
INTERVIEW/ YOICHI FUNABASHI: Fukushima nuclear crisis revealed Japan's governing defects
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.
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Business Federation chief criticizes gov't over response to nuclear crisis
Hiromasa Yonekura, head of the Japan Business Federation (Nippon Keidanren), has criticized the government for its response to the crisis at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
U.S. officer: North Korea nuclear halt needed for food aid
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.
Britain eyes Japanese participation in plans to reuse plutonium stocks
LONDON (Kyodo) -- Britain is likely to convert plutonium stocks into nuclear fuel and will be seeking Japanese involvement in the project, according to government officials.
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.
Japan Nuclear Fuel to Postpone Trial Run Again
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.
Japanese Tests Show No Milk with Cesium above New Safety Limit
Tokyo, Feb. 29 (Jiji Press)--No samples of milk produced in 17 prefectures in Japan have been detected with radioactive cesium above a new stricter safety limit, an industry group said Wednesday.
(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.
Japan Welcomes North Korea's Nuclear Moratorium
police officers in Namie town, Fukushima
07:53 JST 29 Feb 2012 37.4N 143.8E 10 km M4.8 Fukushima-ken Oki
18:00 JST 29 Feb 2012 37.3N 141.7E 40 km M5.3 Fukushima-ken Oki
"EEW" earthquake early warning
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