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Japan Atomic Energy Agency to close nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

Sep 29, 2014

Japan Atomic Energy Agency to close nuclear fuel reprocessing plant

The Japan Atomic Energy Agency said Monday it will close its nuclear fuel reprocessing plant because it would cost too much to meet tighter safety regulations adopted following the 2011 Fukushima crisis. Starting full-fledged operations in 1981, the spent-fuel reprocessing plant in the village ...

Ontake innkeeper tells how he led hikers to safety

Sep 29, 2014

Ontake innkeeper tells how he led hikers to safety

The manager of one of the mountain lodges on Mount Ontake has been describing how he helped lead about 50 trekkers to safety. Yusuke Kodera, 34, runs a hut adjacent to Lake Ninoike. At an altitude of 2,900 meters, it is one of the ...

Sep 29, 2014

Two die in decompression chamber at Saitama hot springs

A 65-year old man and a 58-year old woman died Sunday after using a decompression chamber at a hot springs in Saitama Prefecture. According to the Saitama Prefectural Police, the two people from the city of Fujimi were not breathing when found in the ...

Sep 29, 2014

Iodine pills distributed near Ehime, Saga nuclear plants

Iodine pills have been distributed to people living near nuclear power plants in Ehime and Saga prefectures for emergency use in the event of a radiation release. The pills flood the body to prevent the thyroid gland from absorbing radioactive isotopes of iodine, like ...

Sep 29, 2014

Japanese climber's body recovered from Mount Manaslu in Nepal

Rescuers have recovered the body of a veteran Japanese climber who slipped and fell to his death while climbing Mount Manaslu in Nepal, a trek organizer said Sunday. Yoshimasa Sasaki, 59, from Kanagawa Prefecture, slipped on ice Friday while climbing at 7,300 meters on ...

Sep 29, 2014

Sudden volcanic eruptions rare: French expert

It is rare for a volcano to erupt without warning, as Mount Ontake did on Saturday, but it shows the difficulty of taking precautionary measures in all cases, said French volcanologist Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff. After 35 years without a major eruption, the 3,067-meter volcano in ...

Sep 29, 2014

Japan, North Korea meet for update on probe into abductees

North Korean officials provided an update Monday on Pyongyang’s investigation, launched nearly three months ago, into the fate of at least 12 and possibly hundreds of Japanese nationals believed to have been abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. They met with Japanese officials in ...

At least 31 feared dead on erupting volcano Mount Ontake

Sep 29, 2014

At least 31 feared dead on erupting volcano Mount Ontake

Finally reaching the ash-covered summit of a still-erupting volcano in central Japan, rescue workers made a grim discovery Sunday: 31 apparently dead people, some reportedly buried in knee-deep ash. Four victims were brought down and confirmed dead, one day after Mount Ontake’s big initial ...

Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Sep 28, 2014

Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Police confirmed Sunday night the deaths of four of the 31 people found unconscious near the peak of Mount Ontake earlier in the day, one day after the eruption on the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border. The remaining 27 are all feared to be dead, though ...