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USA | Energy-Short Japan Eyes Renewable Future, Savings Now

July 7, 2011

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USA | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | 7 July 2011 Solar panels like these on the rooftop of Itochu headquarters in Tokyo would become more common in Japan under Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ambitious renewable energy plan. But this summer, the emphasis is on conservation.   At Tokyo’s Meiji Gakuin University, professor Keiko Tanaka has been teaching […]

JAPAN | PM Kan behind sudden decision, confusion on nuke plant ‘stress tests’

July 7, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 7 July 2011 The government announced on July 6 that it will conduct “stress tests” on all nuclear power plants across the country to alleviate public concerns about their safety in a major policy shift less than three weeks after the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency declared all reactors undergoing regular […]

Indie | Kyushu Electric Scandal: Vice President and Other High-Ranking Execs Involved

July 7, 2011

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Indie | EX-SKF | 7 July 2011 The Kyuden (Kyushu Electric) saga over the restart of Genkai Nuclear Power Plant in Saga Prefecture continues. First, it was a “kacho“, section manager who sent emails to 4 people. Then there was a “bucho“, division manager, who instructed the “kacho” to do so, and the 4 people […]

USA | A Labor Shortage for U.S. Nuclear Plants – Post-Fukushima, it will be harder to recruit replacements for retirees

July 7, 2011

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USA | BLOOMBERG BUSINESSWEEK | 7 July 2011 It took Japan’s Fukushima disaster to make nuclear energy interesting to students in Karl Craddock’s advanced placement chemistry class at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Ill. Too bad the buzz was about radiation plumes, iodine pills, and potential deadly threats at nuclear power plants that generate […]

JAPAN | EDITORIAL: Nuclear power plant ‘stress tests’ must be transparent

July 7, 2011

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JAPAN | ASAHI SHIMBUN | 7 July 2011 The government has decided to carry out “stress tests” on all nuclear power plants in Japan to assess their safety. To be relevant and reliable now, such safety tests must be based on lessons learned from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant triggered by […]

USA | YouTube Video Goes Viral to Anger 127 Million: William Pesek

July 7, 2011

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USA | BLOOMBERG | Jul 7, 2011 10:00 PM GMT+0100 If a poll were taken to pick the most reviled man in Japan, Ryu Matsumoto would win hands down. Until Tuesday, he had Japan’s second-most important job: reconstruction minister. Four months after the earthquake and tsunami, no issue looms larger than how Japan rebuilds, boosts growth […]

Indie | Trouble at Reactor No. 3: Unable to inject nitrogen in containment vessel to prevent hydrogen explosion

July 7, 2011

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Indie | ENENEWS | 7 July 2011 Nitrogen injection could be delayed at Fukushima, NHK, July 7, 2011: The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi power plant is having trouble injecting nitrogen gas into one of the reactors to prevent a hydrogen explosion. Tokyo Electric Power Company on Wednesday examined the No.3 reactor to see […]