Two missing Tepco workers found dead

Apr 4, 2011

Two missing Tepco workers found dead

Two workers reported missing after the Tohoku quake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima No. 1 power plant were found dead Wednesday in the basement of the No. 4 reactor’s turbine building, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday. Meanwhile, the beleaguered utility’s second effort to ...

Apr 1, 2011

High radiation found outside no-go zone

Despite alarming new radiation data presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the government said Thursday it has no plans to widen the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The international nuclear watchdog said Wednesday in Geneva it detected about ...

Mar 31, 2011

Kaieda orders nuke safety rethink

Industry minister Banri Kaieda instructed nuclear plant operators Wednesday to compile emergency safety measures to prevent radiation leaks in the event that their power and cooling systems fail, as happened in the Fukushima crisis. Utilities, which operate 45 nuclear reactors nationwide excluding the Fukushima ...

Ideas floated to stanch leak of radiation

Mar 31, 2011

Ideas floated to stanch leak of radiation

With operations to pump out massive amounts of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant running into trouble, new ideas surfaced Wednesday to move the effort forward, including storing the tainted water in tankers and covering the reactor sites with fabric ...

Mar 31, 2011

DPJ withdraws child allowance bill as opposition digs its heels in

The Democratic Party of Japan-led government withdrew a bill Wednesday to provide monthly child allowances for the fiscal year that starts Friday, including increasing payments for children under 3, amid criticism from opposition parties that the money should be used to reconstruct the March ...

Mar 29, 2011

Radioactive water keeps workers out

Reactor turbine basements flooded with highly radioactive materials kept a desperate effort to stabilize the Fukushima No. 1 power plant at bay Monday, as fresh data showed that nearby seawater was being contaminated further by the leaking facility. Efforts by Tokyo Electric Power Co. ...

Mar 27, 2011

Mabuchi, axed from Cabinet, to be Kan adviser

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday appointed former transport minister Sumio Mabuchi, replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle in January after he was targeted with an Upper House censure motion, as his adviser on the nuclear crisis and disaster relief operations. The move came after ...

Mar 27, 2011

Level of iodine-131 in seawater off chart

The level of radioactive iodine detected in seawater near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was 1,250 times above the maximum level allowable, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Saturday, suggesting contamination from the reactors is spreading. Meanwhile, plant operator Tokyo Electric ...

Tohoku disaster buys Kan time

Mar 26, 2011

Tohoku disaster buys Kan time

It was only two weeks ago that Prime Minister Naoto Kan seemed on the verge of stepping down — his foreign minister, Seiji Maehara, had resigned, his popularity was at a historic low and a divided Diet had given him little hope of passing ...