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UK | Japan nuclear reactors must pass tsunami test before reopening

July 11, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 11 July 2011 Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan has ordered nuclear power plants to undergo more stringent safety tests before restarting reactors. Photograph: Everett Kennedy Brown/EPA Japan‘s idle nuclear reactors will not be allowed to restart unless it is proven they can survive giant tsunamis and other extreme events, the country’s […]

UK | Powering the UK: why the new electricity plan is all about nuclear

July 11, 2011

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UK | GUARDIAN | 11 July 2011 The UK government has wanted new nuclear reactors for years, but a political contortion means explicit support is impossible. Result: a bewildering maze of measures Pylons run across Romney Marsh to the nuclear power station at Dungeness, UK. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Energy┬áin the 21st century is about […]

JAPAN | Time to focus on nuclear power plant issue, not political battles

July 11, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 11 July 2011 Ideally, life would be safe, comfortable and prosperous, all at once. If it is far too difficult to realize all three simultaneously, however, we must close our eyes to some things and place priority on others. In response to Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Banri Kaieda’s announcement […]

Indie | Social Fallout: Marginalization After the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

July 11, 2011

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Indie | JAPAN FOCUS | 11 july 2011 On March 1, 1954 a Japanese tuna trawler was at sea in the Marshall Islands. Quite unexpectedly grey ash began to fall like snow and covered the boat and crew. It was not snow; it was radioactive fallout from a nuclear test that had been conducted by […]

JAPAN | Minami-soma starts internal radiation checks

July 11, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 11 July 2011 Minami-soma City in Fukushima Prefecture has begun checking the internal radiation levels of its residents. Two locations in the city have measured radiation of 20 millisieverts or higher per year, a level that prompts the authorities to recommend the evacuation of nearby residents. State and prefectural authorities are […]

JAPAN | Fukui still opposed to restarting reactors

July 11, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 11 July 2011 An official from the prefecture with the most reactors in Japan says he cannot yet comment on the central government’s disclosure on Monday. The head of Fukui prefecture’s environmental safety division, Hakuei Ishizuka, told reporters the central government will release details of the stress tests and their schedule […]

JAPAN | High level contamination in reactor building found

July 11, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 11 July 2011 The operator of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has detected airborne radioactive materials up to 65 times above the government’s standard inside the No. 2 reactor building. Tokyo Electric Power Company has been conducting an investigation inside the 3 reactor buildings and in areas […]