Daily Archives: 2011/08/12

Cattle giant files for bankruptcy via The Japan Times online

UTSUNOMIYA, Tochigi Pref. — Agura Bokujo, a cattle farm business with operations nationwide, has filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming the crisis at the leaking Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which it says prompted a rise in canceled contracts after … Continue reading

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原発事故処理用のアシモ開発へ ホンダ早期実用化目指す via asahi.com

ホンダの二足歩行ロボット「アシモ」が、東京電力福島第一原発の事故現場に投入される可能性が出てきた。ホンダは、人間に近い作業ができるアシモの技術を応用し、専用ロボットを開発。人が近づけない放射線量の高い場所で作業することを検討している。 活用が検討されている機能は、人のように滑らかに動く腕の技術。モーターで動く肩やひじ、手首の微妙な力加減を、コンピューターで調整できる。 続きは 原発事故処理用のアシモ開発へ ホンダ早期実用化目指す

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Citizen group tracks down Japan’s radiation via Aljazeera

Amid contradictory government statistics, a volunteer group has recorded 500,000 radiation points across the country. The aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has been marked by an outcry in Japan over radiation leaks, contaminated food and a government unable to put … Continue reading

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12 August 1953 – Soviet ‘RDS-6’ Test by CTBTO

RDS-6, nicknamed “Joe 4” by the United States, was the fifth nuclear test conducted by the Soviet Union. With a force equivalent to 400 kilotons of TNT (around 30 times the Hiroshima bomb’s yield), it was the country’s largest test … Continue reading

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DOE awards UW-Madison engineers $5.6 million for future reactor technology via University of Wisconsin-Madison News

The U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program awarded five out of 51 grants nationwide to University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers in the Department of Engineering Physics. In total, the DOE awarded $39 million in research grants aimed at developing … Continue reading

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EU 水産物放射性物質検査を強化 via NHK News Web

8月12日 23時47分 EU=ヨーロッパ連合は、福島第一原子力発電所の事故を受けて実施している日本から輸入される水産物への放射性物質の検査について、対象地域を日本の近海から太平洋の広い範囲に広げ、日本以外の国からの輸入にも検査を実施するよう勧告していたことが明らかになりました。 EUは、福島第一原発の事故を受けて日本から輸入される食品について、放射性セシウムやヨウ素など放射性物質の検査を行っています。このうち水産物につい ては、これまで日本近海で捕獲されたものを検査の対象にしていましたが、EUが加盟国の検査当局に送った勧告では、対象地域を南シナ海からアメリカの西海 岸にわたる太平洋の広い範囲に広げ、日本以外の国から輸入される水産物についても自主的に検査を行うよう求めています。 続きはEU 水産物放射性物質検査を強化

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Minimata Then, Fukushima Now via asia sentinel

Lesson from Japan’s 1950s mercury poisoning nightmare Before the Fukushima tsunami and near-nuclear meltdown in March, the greatest environmental disaster in Japan, indeed, one of the greatest in the entire world, was Minamata disease, a neurological affliction caused by severe … Continue reading

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Concerns grow over risk of U.S. nuclear projects post-Fukushima via FACINGSOUTH

The disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan is still unfolding five months later, with multiple meltdowns and significant radiation releases contaminating communities and farms downwind from the facility. Some nuclear experts are calling it “the biggest industrial catastrophe … Continue reading

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Schools in Fukushima clearing radioactive dirt, but nowhere to dump it via asahi.com

Nearly 600 schools and other child-related facilities in Fukushima Prefecture have started or soon will start removing ground soil contaminated by radioactive fallout at their facilities, an Asahi Shimbun survey shows. In total, 584 public-run elementary schools, junior high schools, … Continue reading

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Japan’s Rice Crop Tested for Contamination From Fukushima Plant via SF Gate

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) — Japan’s rice harvest is a time of festivities celebrated even by the emperor as farmers reap the rewards of four months of labor in a 2,000-year-old tradition. Not this year, with radiation seeping into the soil. … Continue reading

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