Posts Tagged ‘ Japan radiation ’

Safety fears at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

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03/05/2012
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Low pay and overwork could trigger a shortage of workers at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The Tokyo Occupational Safety and Health Center warned this week of these dangers – with workers at the crippled site earning as little as 100 dollars a day. After the March 11, 2011,...
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A year on, only five percent of tsunami rubble cleaned up

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02/23/2012
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Where is it all going to go? Tsunami wreckage poses problems nationwide. TOKYO (majirox news) — Mariko Tanaka travels across the areas that were devastated by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami last year, auditing small banks and credit unions. The tsunami knocked out the trains from her home, which is near Sendai Airport, for...
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Mihama nuclear reactor to be shutdown

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12/07/2011
Mihama nuclear power plant in western Japan

TOKYO (majirox news) — The Kansai Electric Power Co will manually stop the No. 2 reactor at Mihama nuclear power plant in western Japan after midnight, as a safety precaution after it discovered unusual levels of coolant leaking from a valve inside the containment vessel, the company said on Wednesday.. “There has not been...
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Fukushima Airport files multi-billion yen lawsuit against TEPCO

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11/25/2011
Fukushima Airport filed a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Company

TOKYO (majirox news) — The Fukushima Airport filed a claim on Nov. 24 of 4.8 billion yen ($62.1 million) against Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). The airport sought reimbursement for lost revenue as a result of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident triggered by the March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, according to...
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Buddhist priest offers faith to Japanese on death row, hope to disaster victims

Buddhist priest offers faith to Japanese on death row, hope to disaster victims

TOKYO (majirox news) — The day a condemned man took his last breath, Buddhist Chaplain Fuso Watanabe was quietly standing by him. He put his hands together, chanted the Namu Amida Butsu, and wished for his rebirth in the Pure Land. The 80-year-old priest, who just retired as the 30th abbot of the Tokoji...
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Fukushima released 30 times more radiation in ocean than government claims, says French government

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10/29/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Japanese government figures on the amount of radiation released by the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant are coming under increasing attack from scholarly and governmental organizations overseas. The latest series of figures to arouse skepticism are the amount of cesium-137 released into the sea from the Fukushima plant. “In...
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Women stage sit-in protest against nuclear policy, meet with Nuclear Safety Commission

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10/28/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Activists, mainly women, took part in a three-day sit-in which began on Oct. 27, in front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo. The group is appealing to Japanese citizens and international groups to put pressure on the government to end the use of nuclear power...
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Protect Children from Hotspot Radiation group disbands

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10/18/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The citizens’ group known as Protect Children from Hotspot Radiation in Kashiwa city in Chiba prefecture has disbanded, Yuki Ohsaku, a representative of the group, said in a radio interview. Ohsaku said the differing opinions on radiation by the Japanese public was too stressful for its members, and the discord...
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Japan seeks to expand decontamination areas

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10/11/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — The Ministry of Environment (MOE) on Oct. 10, proposed a new policy in decontaminating areas with over 1 millisieverts (mSv) per year of radiation exposure. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has been leaking radiation since it was damaged in March by a tsunami. The size of these areas is...
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Panel asks to raise radiation exposure limit

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10/06/2011
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The Japanese Radiation Council of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports Science and Technology (MEXT) will propose to provisionally set new guidelines for radiation levels on October 6. These guidelines will be based on the decision that keeping the current limit of 1 mSv (millisieverts) per year for citizens in Japan is too difficult...
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