Radiation dose estimates for nuclear returnees released by government

Apr 19, 2014

Radiation dose estimates for nuclear returnees released by government

The Cabinet Office on Friday belatedly released estimates of the yearly radiation dose returning residents face in their tainted homes around the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant. A vast chunk of Fukushima Prefecture was contaminated by fallout from the meltdowns, which were triggered ...

Apr 18, 2014

Sharp to build solar complex within hot zone

Sharp Corp. said it will build a large 2,200-kw solar power plant in the town of Tomioka, which is within an evacuation advisory area around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Under an agreement with the town, Sharp plans to begin construction in ...

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Apr 12, 2014

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that toxic water found to have leaked last August at one of the huge tanks at the accident-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was far more contaminated than initially announced. After recalculating the radiation level, Tepco said ...

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

Apr 9, 2014

Energy plan fails to set targets for renewables

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s final version of a draft energy report reinforces the role of nuclear power in the country’s future, but falls short of setting specific goals for renewable energy use. The policy describes nuclear power as “an important base-load ...

Apr 8, 2014

Climate that values safety tops: NRA chief

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Tuesday that establishing a climate that values safety is essential before the nation returns to nuclear power, in light of the Fukushima No. 1 atomic plant disaster that started in 2011. “It is said that there has ...

Tepco to start diverting Fukushima groundwater to sea in May

Apr 5, 2014

Tepco to start diverting Fukushima groundwater to sea in May

The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plan to start diverting the uncontaminated groundwater flowing into the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to the ocean as early as next month, officials said Friday. The plan to pump up groundwater before it mingles with ...

Apr 4, 2014

Tepco sets up decommissioning body for No. 1 plant

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will coordinate the protracted, difficult decommissioning process for the meltdown-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant through a new internal body. The body, called the Fukushima No. 1 Decontamination & Decommissioning Engineering Co., was established Tuesday with three ...

Apr 2, 2014

Fishermen give Tepco green light

Fishermen have given Tepco a green light to attempt to reduce the flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by diverting it directly into the sea.

New hires welcomed on first day

Apr 1, 2014

New hires welcomed on first day

Some 860,000 new recruits at companies across the country marked their first day of work Tuesday, the first day of fiscal 2014. Central and local governments as well as many private-sector companies held welcome ceremonies for their newest employees. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Government ...