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July 11 2011


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.

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June 30 2011


Japan after March 11th - 24m tons: debris removal, recycling daunting, piecemeal labor

Japan Times :: According to the Environment Ministry, roughly 24 million tons of disaster waste was generated from the three hardest-hit prefectures: For Miyagi the total runs to 16 million tons, while Iwate faces 4.5 million tons and Fukushima 2.8 million tons. Together it easily exceeds the 14.5 million tons Hyogo Prefecture had to deal with following the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

In addition to the scale of the disaster, experts say the complex ways the debris was created adds to the headache.

Continue to read (photos available) 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.

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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

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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)

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June 05 2011


Fukushima Japan - For 3 days radioactive water leak to be prevented

NHK World :: Tokyo Electric Power Company has decided to increase the transfer of radioactive water by about 1,500 tons to a facility at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The company says the transfer can keep contaminated water from leaking outside for about 3 days.

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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)

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May 29 2011


Fukushima Japan - Precaution measures: tropical storm brings heavy rain

NHK World :: A tropical storm, downgraded from a typhoon, is bringing heavy rain across a large area from western to eastern Japan. The Meteorological Agency is calling for caution against mudslides. The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is stacking sandbags around buildings that house electrical equipment to keep heavy rain and strong winds from affecting the cooling system.


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Still ... Fukushima Japan - Cooling system pumps stop at No. 5 unit

Mainichi Daily :: Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday the pumps to cool the nuclear reactor and fuel pool stopped at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant's No. 5 unit. When a worker at the plant became aware of the problem at 9 p.m. Saturday, the temperature of the reactor stood at 68 C and that of the fuel pool at 41 C. The figures had risen to 94 C and 46 C, respectively, as of noon Sunday, it said. As the temperature of the reactor rose, the operator switched to backup pumps to restore the cooling system, while investigating the cause of the trouble.

Updated: NHK World reports that a broken pump has been replaced and the temperature inside the reactor has started to decline. 

Continue to read mdn.mainichi.jp

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May 26 2011


Fukushima Japan - Unit 3's cooling system was damaged by earthquake not tsunami

asahi.com(朝日新聞社) :: Data from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant indicates that the March 11 earthquake--not the tsunami--damaged piping for the emergency core cooling system at the unit 3 reactor, leading to a meltdown, experts said.

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