Daily Archives: 2011/07/28

Utilities, LDP long held cozy ties via The Japan Times online

The recent findings that current and former power company executives have been making huge political donations to the Liberal Democratic Party since the 1970s show the industry and party have long had cozy ties. The revelations also indicate the difficulties … Continue reading

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Tepco’s cost structure drawing scrutiny by monitoring panel via The Japan Times online

A government panel said Thursday it will thoroughly check Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s cost structure and how it has been reflected in electricity bills to see if its rates are appropriate. “Although the time is very limited, we will take … Continue reading

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Disaster-affected kids arrive in Italy, Hawaii via The Japan Times online

Dozens of Japanese children affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster and subsequent nuclear crisis will be spending their summer abroad this year, ranging from home-stays in Italy to educational programs in Hawaii, thanks to a global outpouring … Continue reading

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Utility unable to unload damaged Hamaoka fuel rod for 17 years via The Japan Times online

SHIZUOKA — Chubu Electric Power Co. revealed Thursday it has been unable to remove a spent fuel rod that was damaged in an accident 17 years ago from its Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. Spent fuel is normally … Continue reading

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Ocean radiation tests may ignore threat to seafood via The Japan Times online

The government has to release more data from ocean radiation tests to accurately assess the contamination threat to seafood, according to a statement by the Oceanographic Society of Japan. The government should release radiation readings in seawater that are below … Continue reading

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Turmoil over beef spreads to luxury brands via The Japan Times online

MORIOKA, Iwate Pref. — Turmoil caused by the recent detection of cesium contamination of beef shipped from Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, is spreading to hurt producers of high-quality beef in other parts of … Continue reading

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Threat to food chain grows as contamination spreads via The Japan Times online

Radiation fallout from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant poses a growing threat to the nation’s food chain as unsafe levels of cesium found in beef on supermarket shelves were also detected in more vegetables and in the ocean. … Continue reading

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DPJ panel seeks early restart of suspended reactors via The Japan Times online

A panel of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan has drafted an energy policy recommendation calling for an early restart of nuclear reactors that have been suspended for regular checks, after safety measures are taken. The proposal falls short of … Continue reading

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1,600 workers projected over radiation limit via The Japan Times online

Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimated in spring that about 1,600 workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant would be exposed to radiation exceeding 50 millisieverts during the course of the crisis, an industrial accident prevention body revealed. … Continue reading

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Niigata reactors to stay offline, governor says via The Japan Times online

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida says he can’t allow the restart of three nuclear reactors in his prefecture even if they pass the central government’s stress tests to check their survivability in extreme disasters. Noting that the central government still hasn’t … Continue reading

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