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August 02 2011


Fukushima Japan - More 'tainted cows' shipped to Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama

Daily Yomiuri :: Another 290 beef cattle raised in Fukushima Prefecture have been shipped inside the prefecture as well as to Tokyo, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures after being fed what is believed to be cesium-tainted rice straw harvested in Miyagi Prefecture. This brought to 872 the number of cows suspected to have been contaminated with radioactive cesium and shipped from Fukushima Prefecture. Six cattle farms in Iwaki, Sukagawa, Furudonomachi and Ishikawamachi purchased the straw and fed it to their cows.

Continue to read www.yomiuri.co.jp

July 11 2011


Japan - A record of the disaster - Google uses Street View tech in Kesennuma

New York Times :: An oddly equipped car made its way last week through the rubble in this tsunami-stricken port city. On the roof: an assembly of nine cameras creating 360-degree panoramic digital images of the disaster zone to archive damage. It is one of the newest ways that Google, a Web giant worldwide but long a mere runner-up in Japan’s online market, has harnessed its technology to raise its brand and social networking identity in this country. 

[Shigeru Sugawara, mayor of Kesennuma:] I’d like them to record Kesennuma’s streets now. Then I’d like them to come back, when the city is like new again, and show the world the new Kesennuma.

Google is using its Street View technology in Kesennuma and elsewhere to make a record of the disaster while tracking reconstruction efforts. In a country with the world’s second-largest online advertising market, after the United States, Google is finally winning new friends.

Continue to read Hiroko Tabuchi, www.nytimes.com


Fukushima Japan - Beef found with high levels of radioactive cesium

asahi.com 朝日新聞社 :: The Tokyo metropolitan government on July 8 detected levels of radioactive cesium 4.6 times the national standard in meat from a cow raised in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, officials said. The beef, from the neck of an animal raised at a Minami-Soma ranch, showed cesium levels of 2,300 becquerels per kilogram. The national standard is 500 becquerels. Metropolitan government officials said it was the first time radioactive elements at levels exceeding national standards were detected in beef.

Continue to read www.asahi.com

July 01 2011


Japan - Future of TEPCO: Will someone turn off the lights?

The Atlantic Wire ::  ‘Jump in a nuclear reactor and die!’ Those were the words directed at the chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, by one angry man at the tense stockholders meeting held today on June 28. It captured the sentiment of many people in Japan who are demanding the company take responsibility for the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown on March 11. So far at least meltdown at the meeting was avoided.

Tsunehisa Katsumata, the chairman, spoke for the company saying, “I wish to begin by expressing regret for the recent cases of misconduct at our company, which have eroded public confidence in the nuclear power industry.” - Recent events have not helped restore that public confidence.

Does TEPCO have a future? - continue to read Jake Adelstein | Stephanie Nakajima, www.theatlanticwire.com

June 30 2011


Japan - Help and hope needed: suicides upping casualties from Tohoku catastrophe

Japan Times :: A dairy farmer in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, chalked a note on the wall of his cattle shed. "If only there wasn't a nuclear power plant," the message read, in reference to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant just 45 km away, which had effectively ended his livelihood. The man already had culled his livestock after raw milk shipments from the area where he lived had been stopped. Now, he chose to end his own life, too. "I have lost the energy to carry on working," he added in what would be his final words.

Many victims are at risk of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His is not an isolated case, writes Rob Gilhooly, Japan Times.

Continue to read Rob Gilhooly, search.japantimes.co.jp

June 17 2011


Japan - Kazuharu Kawase, mayor of Tsuruga's lesson learned: go ahead with 2 more reactors

Mainichi Daily :: Kazuharu Kawase, the mayor of Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, has renewed his call for the planned construction of two more reactors at the Tsuruga nuclear power plant to go ahead, despite the nation's rising anti-nuclear sentiment as a result of the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

[Kazuharu Kawase:] The central government should take primary responsibility for the safety of the reactors and go ahead with the plan.

Continue to read mdn.mainichi.jp

June 14 2011


Fukushima Daiichi - Young parents continue to leave the towns near the nuclear power plant

Mainichi :: Young parents are moving away from towns near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as areas of high radiation continue to be discovered, raising fears over the effects on young children.

I can't stop thinking about the power plant. I can't smile or laugh with all my heart," says Aki Ohashi, 30, tearfully as she cares for her children in her home here.

Published June 11, 2011

Continue to read mdn.mainichi.jp


Fukushima Japan - 6 more workers were exposed to radiation doses up to 497 milliSv

NHK World :: They are 3,726 workers who have worked at the crippled Fukushima plant, 2,367 have undergone medical checkups. The remaining 1,359 have yet to be examined for exposure to radiation. Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, has reported that 6 male workers, in their 20s to 50s, at its damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have received radiation doses up to 497 milliSv (allowed: 250 milliSv).

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 09:13 +0900 (JST)

Continue to read www3.nhk.or.jp


Japan - To stay healthy, Fukushima City to give dosimeters to 34,000 children from fall

Kyodo News :: The Fukushima city office in Fukushima Prefecture said Tuesday it will give dosimeters to about 34,000 children attending preschools as well as elementary and junior high schools in the city amid growing concerns over exposure to radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant nearby.

Continue to read english.kyodonews.jp

June 13 2011


Fukushima Japan - 2 weeks countdown until overflow: TEPCO to test water treatment system

NHK World :: Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, hopes to begin a test-run of a new system on Monday to treat highly radioactive water that threatens to overflow from facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in about 2 weeks. To prevent the environmental hazard, it is also working on ways to shorten the scheduled 5-day test-run period.

Monday, June 13, 2011 09:59 +0900 (JST)

Continue to read www3.nhk.or.jp

May 31 2011


Fukushima Japan - real-time footage from webcam 250 meters northwest of unit 1 reactor

NHK World :: TEPCO has begun live-streaming video of the disabled Fukushima nuclear plant through the company's website.

The real-time footage comes from a camera installed about 250 meters northwest of the unit 1 reactor. The unit 1 to unit 4 reactors can be seen in the webcast. TEPCO had until now been uploading still pictures shot from the southern side of the plant once every hour. It began the video service on Tuesday in response to many requests for live images of the reactors.


Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:50 +0900 (JST)

Continue to read www3.nhk.or.jp

May 30 2011


Fukushima Japan - Radiation exceeds limit in Iitate & Namie within the expanded evacuation zone

NHK World :: The science ministry says the accumulative radiation exposure level has exceeded the government limit for evacuation at two locations more than 20 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The ministry said on Monday that the cumulative exposure had reached 20 milliSv (millisieverts) in a district in the mountain village of Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, about 33 kilometers and 35 milliSv at one location in Namie Town, 31 kilometers northwest of the plant. Both Iitate and Namie are within the expanded evacuation zone, where residents have been asked to leave due to concerns over dangerous levels of radiation.

Published Monday, May 30, 2011 18:44 +0900 (JST)

Continue to read www3.nhk.or.jp

May 25 2011


Japan - Fukushima Daichii Gempatsu model kit ... model kit?

Hobbymedia.it :: @FrankieBit discovered a model of the Fukushima Daiichi plant reactor(s) recently at an exhibition of static plastic models at Shizuoka 静岡市 /Japan.   

Tweeted by @FrankieBit

Watch more pictures at hobbymedia.it

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