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Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

Feb 17, 2017

Fukushima fuel-removal quest leaves trail of dead robots

The latest robot attempting to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six years ago in the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant met its end in less than a day. The scorpion-shape machine, built by Toshiba Corp., entered ...

Japan firms to see sales peak over new Mountain Day holiday

Aug 10, 2016

Japan firms to see sales peak over new Mountain Day holiday

As Japanese prepare to head for the hills Thursday for the nation’s inaugural Mountain Day holiday, retailers and tour operators are gearing up for an  ¥820 billion windfall. They're counting on customers like schoolteacher Ayako Kobayashi. The 33-year-old spent more than $700 on a sleeping ...

Japan unswayed by pressure to end support for coal power

Jun 14, 2016

Japan unswayed by pressure to end support for coal power

Faced with increasing calls from environmentalists to phase out coal, Japan is standing by its support of the fossil fuel, saying it will help developing countries adopt the best available technologies for coal-fired power plants. Pressure to rein in carbon dioxide emissions is intensifying, especially ...