Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

via Japan Times / March 15, 2016 / A private high school in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, will close for good at the end of March because the nuclear disaster has decimated enrollment, school officials said. Shoei High School, founded in 1957, will be the first in the prefecture to close its doors permanently since the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant began unfolding on March 11, 2011. Although … Continue reading

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BBC Wrong on Fukushima, Again

via Goddard’s Journal / Published March 11, 2016: Response to: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35… Expanded upon here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35… Dose-rate conversion: http://www.translatorscafe.com/cafe/E… ” 2.8 microsievert/hour = 24.5448 millisievert/year ” Study cited @ 1:40 re regional natural background dose rate of 0.05 uSv/y Malins et al (2016). Evaluation of ambient dose equivalent rates influenced by vertical and horizontal distribution of radioactive cesium in soil in Fukushima Prefecture. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity 151 (2016) 38e49 http://pubmed.gov/26408835 … Continue reading

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Radiation so High at Fukushima, TEPCO’s Robots can’t Survive

via AnonHQ.com / March 14, 2016 / Radiation in Fukushima was so bad, they couldn’t afford to send people into some places. It turns out, the radiation was so high that even the chrome-domed replacements didn’t fare much better. “It is extremely difficult to access the inside of the nuclear plant,” Naohiro Masuda, TEPCO’s head of decommissioning said. “The biggest obstacle is the radiation.” The solution? Robots. The problem? Robots. “It takes … Continue reading

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Fukushima 5 Years Later: “The Fuel Rods Melted Through Containment And Nobody Knows Where They Are Now”

via Zero Hedge / Today (March 11, 2016), Japan marks the fifth anniversary of the tragic and catastrophic meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan, killing 20,000 people. Another 160,000 then fled the radiation in Fukushima. It was the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, and according to some it would be far worse, if the … Continue reading

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Five years later, Fukushima’s contamination is slow to fade

via arstechnica.com / March 8, 2016 / The Fukushima nuclear disaster occurred almost five years ago in March 2011. It is the largest event of its sort since Chernobyl, which occurred 25 years earlier. The accident was triggered by a tsunami and earthquake that led to a meltdown at the plant. During this event, large amounts of radioactive materials were released into the atmosphere. Since then, Fukushima Daiichi has continued to leak radioactive materials … Continue reading

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5 Years on from Nuclear Meltdown Locals Still in the Dark About Future

By Rachel Mealey via abc.net.au / March 7, 2016 / The town of Futaba lies six kilometres from the Fukushima nuclear power plant. There is an eerie feeling there. Shoes sit in the doorway of houses, as they do in houses across Japan — neatly placed together, waiting for feet to walk them out the door. Bicycles rest against fences — waiting for the next journey. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake … Continue reading

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Over 70% of Japanese Against Nuclear Power Plants After Fukushima Tragedy

via SputnikNews.com / February 11, 2016 / Over 70 percent of the Japanese are in favor of completely or partially abandoning the use of nuclear power plants (NPP) in the country after the Fukushima disaster, a poll revealed Thursday. According to Japan’s NHK broadcaster that conducted the survey, 22 percent of respondents want the country to abandon nuclear power plants in the country entirely, while 49 percent partially supported the idea.The poll revealed that … Continue reading

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How Citizen Science Changed the Way Fukushima Radiation is Reported

via National Geographic / February 13, 2016 / “It appears the world-changing event didn’t change anything, and it’s disappointing,”said Pieter Franken, a researcher at Keio University in Japan (Wide Project), the MIT Media Lab (Civic Media Centre), and co-founder of Safecast, a citizen-science network dedicated to the measurement and distribution of accurate levels of radiation around the world, especially in Fukushima. “There was a chance after the disaster for humanity … Continue reading

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NRA & TEPCO Agree to Start Frozen Underground Wall at Fukushima No. 1 in Stages

via The Japan Times /  February 15, 2016 / The Nuclear Regulation Authority and Tokyo Electric Power Co. have broadly agreed to start operating the frozen underground wall at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in stages. The agreement, reached Monday, is on the frozen underground wall that officials hope will surround the buildings housing reactors 1 through 4 and reduce the amount of groundwater flowing into the facilities. The … Continue reading

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Current State of Post-Accident Operations at Fukushima NPP – July to December 2015

via Citizens Nuclear Information Center / February 2, 2016 / State of the Plant Many of the measuring instruments installed in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS) measuring system continue to malfunction as a result of the accident and there is no guarantee of the accuracy of values being measured. However, from the water temperature in the containment vessels and the spent fuel pools, and from the state of … Continue reading

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Fukushima Daiichi NPS today – 5 Years Since The Disaster Began

via Citizens’ Nuclear Information Center / February 2, 2016 / 1) After 5 years, still very little is known about the causes and effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. A whole five years will soon have passed since the severe accident occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (FDNPS). Nonetheless, the causes of the accident have not yet been clarified. Which was the main cause of the accident: the … Continue reading

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Japan Unveils Remote-Control Robot to Dismantle Fukushima Plant

via Science Alert / January 19, 2016 / It’s been almost five years since the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, but the scale of the emergency means Japan is still at the relative beginning of efforts to clean up and contain the radioactive site. So this week Toshiba unveiled (above) a remote-control robot that’s expected to remove fuel-rod assemblies from the spent fuel pool … Continue reading

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Japan requests Singapore to review restriction of food imports from Fukushima

via The Online Citizen / January 13, 2016 / It has been reported by Japanese media, Jiji press that Mr Moriyama Hiroshi, Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister has requested a review on the restriction of food imports from Fukushima, Japan during the meet up with Minister of National Development, Lawrence Wong on 10 January. Mr Hiroshi was in Singapore over the weekend to officiate a series of events to … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality To Be Used To Help Decommission Fukushima Plant

By Takuya Isayama / Asahi Shimbun / January 7, 2016 / A virtual reality system here that will assist in the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is preparing for full-scale operations this spring. Located at the Naraha Remote Technology Development Center, the system features a 3.6-meter-high display that simulates 3-D images of the interiors of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima plant. The research and … Continue reading

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EU Due To Start Easing Restrictions On Food Imports From Fukushima

via Japan Times / January 9, 2016 / The European Union will start easing restrictions Saturday (Jan 9)  imposed on Japanese food imports over the Fukushima nuclear disaster, including vegetables and beef produced in the prefecture, the farm ministry said. Tsuyoshi Takagi, Cabinet minister in charge of rebuilding from the March 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear crisis, on Friday welcomed the bloc’s decision. At present, all food items from Fukushima … Continue reading

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Fukushima Myth: Declassified Fuel Releases (video)

via Goddard’s Journal / January 1, 2016 / SOURCES USED: Story that declassified documents reveal 100% fuel loss from Fukushima Unit 4 spent fuel pool (SFP): https://rt.com/news/325663-fukushima-… Time-framed Google search shows inundation of mostly alt-media sources with the bogus story https://www.google.com/search?q=fukus… Links to Reality… The declassified NRC document in question: http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1212/M… Paragraphs in question highlighted on PDF-pages 7 to 8. First flyover shows steaming Unit 4 fuel pool (March 2011) … Continue reading

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Fukushima Thyroid Cancer?

via Goddard’s Journal / October 22, 2015 / Study critiqued Tsuda et al. (2015). Thyroid Cancer Detection by Ultrasound Among Residents Ages 18 Years and Younger in Fukushima, Japan: 2011 to 2014. Epidemiology. Oct 5. http://pubmed.com/26441345 Contrary opinion of Fukushima Medical University scientists conducting the screening campaign: http://fmu-global.jp/?wpdmdl=710 http://www.cancernetwork.com/ata-2015… Study predicting magnitude of detection bias in the Fukushima screening campaign: Jacob et al. (2014). Ultrasonography survey and thyroid cancer in … Continue reading

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The Fukushima Disaster Was Preventable

via Science20.com / September 28, 2015 / The worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown never should have happened, according to a new study. In Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society, researchers Costas Synolakis of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Utku Kâno’lu of the Middle East Technical University in Turkey distilled thousands of pages of government and industry reports and hundreds of news stories, focusing on … Continue reading

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Fukushima: The World’s Never Seen Anything Like This

via CounterPunch.org / September 30, 2015 / The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 nuclear reactor fuel is missing from the core containment vessel. (Source: Up to 100% of No. 2 Reactor Fuel May Have Melted, NHK World News, Sept. 25, 2015.) Where did it go? Nobody knows. Not only that but the “learning curve” for a nuclear meltdown is as fresh as the event itself because “the world … Continue reading

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Japanese Govt and IAEA Ignore Radiation Risks to Coastal Population

via theecologist.org / September 28, 2015 / Radiation can be carried long distances by marine currents, concentrated in sediments, and carried in sea spray 16km or more inland, writes Tim Deere-Jones. So Fukushima poses a hazard to coastal populations and any who eat produce from their farms. So what are the Japanese Government and IAEA doing? Ignoring the problem, and failing to gather data. Review of the official Japanese marine … Continue reading

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Video: Radioactive Floods Recontaminate Japan

via Fairewinds.org / September 18, 2015 / Last week a serious typhoon hit eastern Japan creating flooding that has not occurred for at least 50 years. Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator and owner of the triple meltdown site Fukushima Daiichi, admitted that drainage pumps at Fukushima failed and radioactive water once again poured into the Pacific. But what about the extraordinary amount of radioactive cesium, strontium, and other isotopes … Continue reading

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‘85% of Japanese don’t trust nuclear energy after Fukushima

via EyeWitness News / September 23, 2015 / A Japanese nuclear expert says close to 85 percent of the Japanese population do not trust the use of nuclear energy after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Dr Tatsujiro Suzuki says the public’s mistrust largely stems from the widely held belief that the government has not been transparent about its nuclear policies. In his lecture on nuclear energy policies at the University of … Continue reading

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Evacuees, Students Help Empty Fukushima Town Preserve Its History

By Makoto Takada / Asahi Shimbun / September 24, 2015 / Local government officials, evacuees and students are saving personal documents and other historical materials from destruction in a municipality rendered a virtual “ghost town” by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The Tomioka town government, which now operates from Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture, has asked residents for help in the preservation project, saying materials kept at a museum alone cannot show … Continue reading

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Video: Fukushima Art Project – Ai Weiwei – 2015

via Youtube / September 24, 2015 / This documentary on the Fukushima Art Project chronicles artist Ai Weiwei’s investigation of the site as well as the project’s installation process. In August 2014, Ai Weiwei was invited as one of the participating artists to originate artwork for the Fukushima Nuclear Zone by the Japanese art coalition Chim↑Pom, as part of the project they initiated called Don’t Follow the Wind . Ai … Continue reading

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More Reactors Expected To Be Restarted In Western Japan

By Akira OIKAWA / via asia.nikkei.com / September 14, 2015 / The Sendai No.1 reactor, Japan’s first active reactor in about two years, has resumed full-scale commercial operations. As safety screening progresses, other suspended reactors are expected to follow, but mostly in the western part of Japan. All 43 reactors in Japan are light-water models. “Light water” simply means normal water. Light-water reactors are further categorized into boiling-water and pressurized-water … Continue reading

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850 Tons of ‘Decontaminated’ Fukushima Water Dumped Into Ocean

via RT.com / September 15, 2015 / The first batch of radioactive groundwater filtered below “measurable limits” at Japan’s tsumani-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant has been dumped into the ocean, as TEPCO seeks to ease toxic water building-up at the site. Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) that operates the crippled nuclear plant released its first 850 tons of filtered radioactive groundwater by sundown on September 14. This is a part … Continue reading

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Japanese Govt. Lifts Fukushima Evacuation Order

via rte.ie / September 5, 2015 / The Japanese government has lifted the evacuation order for the first town near the crippled Fukushima reactors, more than four years after ordering mass relocations near the tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant. Among communities where the entire population was forced to evacuate after the nuclear crisis started in March 2011, Naraha is the first town to allow all of its residents to return home permanently. It … Continue reading

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Sendai Reactor Power Ramp-Up Halted Due To Pump Problem

via news.yahoo.com / August 21, 2015 / Japan’s Kyushu Electric Power has halted the ramp-up of power output from its Sendai No. 1 nuclear reactor due to a problem with a pump in the plant’s secondary cooling system, a spokesman said on Friday. Kyushu Electric last week began the restart of the Sendai plant, the first of Japan’s reactors to begin operation under new safety standards introduced in the wake … Continue reading

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Proving Negligence in TEPCO Case Daunting

By Kunihiko Yoshizawa and Toru Asami / via The-Japan-News.com / August 22, 2015 / On July 31, the Tokyo No. 5 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution announced its decision that former Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata (pictured), 75, and two other former company executives “should be indicted” in connection with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster. In this case the “will of the people” has … Continue reading

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Fukushima: Thousands Have Already Died, Thousands More Will Die

by Ian Fairlie CounterPunch.org August 20, 2015 Official data from Fukushima show that nearly 2,000 people died from the effects of evacuations necessary to avoid high radiation exposures from the disaster. The uprooting to unfamiliar areas, cutting of family ties, loss of social support networks, disruption, exhaustion, poor physical conditions and disorientation can and do result in many people, in particular older people, dying. Increased suicide has occurred among younger … Continue reading

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Sakurajima Volcano: Chance of Large Eruption ‘Extremely High’

August 15, 2015 via TheGuardian.co.uk Japan’s weather agency on Saturday told thousands of residents near a southern city to prepare for a possible evacuation as it upgraded a volcanic eruption warning. Officials raised their alert to its second-highest level after picking up increasing seismic activity around the volcano Sakurajima, which sits just off the coast of Kagoshima, a city of more than 600,000 people. Activity has spiked since Saturday morning, … Continue reading

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Large Protests As Japan Restarts First Nuclear Plant Since Fukushima

via RT.com / August 11, 2015 / Protesters rallied outside Japan’s Sendai nuclear plant and its company’s headquarters to demonstrate against the planned restarting of operations, over four years after the Fukushima disaster that left the entire world horrified. One major concern about the resumption is that no evacuation plans – in case of a Fukushima-style catastrophe – have been disclosed to locals. “There are schools and hospitals near the … Continue reading

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Fukushima – Selling Out the Next Generation

via Truth Out / August 11, 2015 / Japan has restarted its first nuclear reactor to generate power since 2013. And that’s really bad news. Remember what happened in 2011? Why Japan closed all of its reactors abruptly and why we’re still tracing the spread of radioactive material across our Pacific Coast and into the atmosphere? First there was an earthquake that did significant damage to that island country – … Continue reading

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Japan Ends Nuclear Shutdown Four Years After Fukushima

via Phys.org / August 11, 2015 / Japan on Tuesday ended a two-year nuclear shutdown in the energy-hungry country, sparked by public fears following the 2011 Fukushima crisis, the worst atomic disaster in a generation. Utility Kyushu Electric Power turned on a reactor at Sendai, about 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) southwest of Tokyo, at 10:30 am (0130 GMT). The 31-year-old reactor—operating under tougher post-Fukushima safety rules—was expected to reach full … Continue reading

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20-Ton Debris Removed From Fukushima Daiichi Fuel Pool

By Jun Hongo via Wall Street Journal August 3rd, 2015 Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it successfully removed the largest piece of debris from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant’s Unit 3 reactor, which had fallen inside the spent-fuel pool following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. According to Tepco, the company used two 600-ton cranes to lift the 20-ton fuel-handling machine, which was sitting on top of more than 500 fuel … Continue reading

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Tokyo Under Fire For Plans To Speed Return Of Fukushima Evacuees

via DW / July 21st, 2015 / In a bid seen by critics as aiming to speed up reconstruction, the Japanese government is preparing to declare sections of the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant a safe place to live. The ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to revoke many evacuation orders by March 2017, if decontamination progresses as hoped, meaning that up to 55,000 … Continue reading

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TEPCO Gave 50 Contracts To Company Tied To Kariwa Mayor

By SATOSHI OTANI / Asahi Shimbun / July 21st, 2015 / The father of pro-nuclear Kariwa Mayor Hiroo Shinada is a director of a company that received contracts worth millions of yen for work at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power Co. In addition, a gasoline stand run by Shinada’s wife is frequented by TEPCO employees as well as workers at nuclear plant-related companies. Shinada, 58, said … Continue reading

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3,100 Fukushima Residents File For Damages From TEPCO

via Japan Times / July 21st, 2015 / Around 3,100 residents in the city of Fukushima are demanding ¥18.3 billion in damages related to the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, lawyers said. A total of 3,107 residents of the Watari district want an out-of-court settlement for their psychological distress, including health concerns due to radiation exposure. The demand was filed Tuesday with a public … Continue reading

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Thousands of Residents to Return Home Following Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

via Telegraph.co.uk / July 8th, 2015 / The government announces September 5 as the date 7,401 residents of Naraha town in Fukushima prefecture can return home for the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster. More than 7,000 residents from a Fukushima town completely evacuated following the 2011 nuclear crisis will be able to return home permanently from September, the Japanese government has announced. The 7,401 residents of Naraha will … Continue reading

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Russia to Construct Fukushima Water Decontamination Plant in 2016

via sputniknews.com / July 8, 2015 / Russian experts will begin in early 2016 construction of a demo water treatment plant to decontaminate dangerous radioactive isotopes in Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant, Atomproekt, the company in charge of the project said Wednesday. Atomproekt, part of Russia’s nuclear product and service provider Rosatom Corporation, has forwarded working construction documents on a demo tritium treatment plant to Rosatom and subsidiary RosRAO, the company said in a … Continue reading

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View from Inside Fukushima Prefecture: Vastly Different from Govt. Pronouncements

by Robert Hunziker / ukprogressive.co.uk / July 8, 2015 / Because of Japan’s unconscionable open-ended new secrecy law, it is very likely journalism in the nation has turned tail, scared of its own shadow. Nevertheless, glimmers of what has happened, of what is happening, do surface when brave people come forward. On May 22nd 2015 Hiromichi Ugaya, a photojournalist who is well-informed, insightful, and engaging, was interviewed about what he … Continue reading

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New ‘Scorpion’ Robot Will Inspect Fukushima Reactor This Summer

via Gizmodo.com / June 30, 2015 / When the 2011 earthquake in Japan damaged the Fukushima nuclear power plant, teams scrambled to find a robot that could go where humans couldn’t. In many ways those robots failed, and ever since, there has been a focus on creating robots that can get the job done. Enter Toshiba’s “Scorpion” robot, which will make its way inside the power plant this August. The … Continue reading

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TEPCO Ordered To Pay Over Suicide Linked To Nuclear Evacuation

via Japan Times / June 30, 2015 / Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday was again held responsible for a suicide linked to the 2011 nuclear crisis and ordered to pay damages. The Fukushima District Court ordered TEPCO to pay ¥27 million to the family of 67-year-old Kiichi Isozaki, who committed suicide in July 2011 after being forced out of his home near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and … Continue reading

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Redeeming Lives of Fukushima’s Irradiated Animals

By Kunio Kobinata / the-japan-news.com / June 29, 2015 / In the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, much remains unknown about the long-term health effects of the radioactive substances released. Seeking answers, Tohoku University Prof. Manabu Fukumoto has been examining the blood and other factors of slaughtered cattle and wild animals caught by hunters mainly within a 20-kilometer radius of the plant. Over … Continue reading

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Search Is Still On For Devices Tracking Fukushima Debris

by J.R Rardon / campbellrivermirror.com / June 30, 2015 / A transponder that spent more than three years floating in the Pacific Ocean before washing up on Vancouver Island has become the subject of a wide-ranging scavenger hunt after mysteriously winding up in Campbell River last week. The transponder, part of a group of 12 dropped in the ocean near Fukushima, Japan in January of 2012, was meant to give … Continue reading

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Struggling TEPCO to Gain Additional Funding From 3 National Mega-Banks

from The Asahi Shimbun / June 24, 2015 / In a show of “confidence”, the nation’s top three banks and other financial organizations who have been funding embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. have agreed to extend 280 billion yen ($2.26 billion) in loans to the utility for the fiscal year. [emphasis added] The entities concluded that TEPCO, the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, has been … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Unveiled in Fukushima

via Eco Watch / June 22, 2015 / Japan officially unveiled today its 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbine, the world’s largest offshore turbine to date. It is slated to be operational by September. The Fukushima Wind Project, located about 12 miles off the coast of Fukushima, installed a 2 MW wind turbine in November 2013. The turbines are part of a pilot project led by Marubeni Co. and funded by the Japanese government with research … Continue reading

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Japan Asks China To Ease Food Import Restrictions Introduced After Fukushima

via South China Morning Post / June 21, 2015 / A Japanese farm ministry official met a senior Chinese official in charge of food inspection on Friday to request the easing of restrictions on food imports introduced after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, sources said. A director general at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries used the meeting in Beijing to stress the safety of Japanese food, … Continue reading

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7,000 Japanese Claim $297mn in Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Damages

via RT.com / June 15, 2015 / Some 7,000 people in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture have sought $297 million in compensation over the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They are also demanding a decontamination fund, health checks, and an apology from the plant’s operator. The residents’ lead lawyer, Koji Otani, said it is “irrational” for his clients to be treated differently than Fukushima residents, as the same amount of radiation was detected in … Continue reading

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TEPCO Executives Recognized Need For Improved Tsunami Protection in 2008

via Enformable.com / June 19, 2015 / Tokyo Electric, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has released a document during a lawsuit brought by over 40 shareholders which reveals the utilities acknowledgment that tsunami defenses at the plant were not adequate. The internal document from 2008 noted that TEPCO executives had agreed that it would be “indispensable” to further build up coastal defenses for the plant … Continue reading

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