Russian nuclear test sensors mysteriously go offline

World / Science & Health Aug 20, 2019

Russian nuclear test sensors mysteriously go offline

The operator of a global network of radioactivity sensors said Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion on Aug. 8 went offline two days after the blast, raising concern about possible tampering by Russia. The Russian Defense Ministry, which operates the two ...

Business Jul 20, 2018

Hong Kong to relax four-prefecture ban on some Japanese food imports

The Hong Kong government announced Friday it is relaxing a seven-year-old ban on food imports from four Japanese prefectures that was imposed in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis, according to the government gazette. Items including vegetables, fruit, milk, milk beverages and milk ...

Editorials Mar 19, 2016

A caution on nuclear restarts

The government should heed the Otsu District Court's call to develop standards for plans to evacuate residents in the event of nuclear accidents.

Evacuation rules revised for nuclear vessel accidents

National / Science & Health Nov 20, 2015

Evacuation rules revised for nuclear vessel accidents

The government on Friday lowered the threshold for evacuating residents during accidents on nuclear vessels, bringing it in line with accidents at atomic power plants. Under the new rules, residents will begin evacuating when radiation exceeds 5 microsieverts per hour in areas near nuclear-powered aircraft ...

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

Voices Apr 9, 2014

Post-Fukushima reform throws up a few surprises

by Gianni Simone

The magnitude-9 earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, 2011, devastated the northeast, killing more than 15,000 people and causing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. Observers believed the sheer size of the catastrophe ...

National Jan 17, 2014

Disaster plan to swiftly evacuate socially vulnerable citizens revised

The government's disaster prevention panel Friday revised its basic preparedness plan in hopes of ensuring that the elderly and other vulnerable people can evacuate quickly and smoothly, drawing from lessons from the March 2011 disasters. Under the revised plan, the government will put stronger measures ...