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JAPAN | Contaminated beef served in Gifu school lunches

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | JAPAN TODAY | 30 July 2011 Gifu prefectural authorities said Friday that beef thought to be contaminated with radioactive material has been served in children’s school lunches in 52 schools throughout the city of Gifu. City authorities told a news conference that mincemeat from 14 head of cattle was used in croquettes served […]

JAPAN | Fukushima city begins building solar power plant using U.S. donation

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 30 July 2011 FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) — The city of Soma in Fukushima Prefecture started work on a solar power plant Friday using a $250,000 donation from a U.S. foundation. The city office launched the project using the donation worth around 20 million yen that the foundation led by entrepreneur Elon Musk […]

JAPAN | Revelations about staging illustrate collusive ties between gov’t and power companies

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 30 July 2011 Two electric power companies’ revelations that the government’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) asked them to stage questions in symposia on nuclear energy policy have demonstrated the collusive relationship between NISA and the nuclear power industry. Power suppliers and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), […]

JAPAN | Nuclear regulator scandal may further delay restart of idled reactors

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | MAINICHI | 30 July 2011 The accusations of attempts by the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) to manipulate public opinion to favor “pluthermal” nuclear projects at government-sponsored symposiums held in 2006 and 2007 have further dented public confidence in Japan’ nuclear policy and may further delay the restart of idled nuclear reactors […]

JAPAN | Local govts begin checks on all cattle

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | YOMIURI SHIMBUN | 30 July 2011 Fifteen prefectures across the nation are in the process of implementing or are planning to implement checks on all beef cattle for radioactive substances, according to a survey by The Yomiuri Shimbun. Local governments and agricultural organizations in the prefectures are taking the measures as fear of […]

JAPAN | New strategy calls for review of electricity monopolies

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | ASAHI SHIMBUN | 30 July 2011 The costs of nuclear and renewable power generation are expected to be recalculated as part of a new 40-year plan aimed at reducing Japan’s reliance on nuclear energy. A draft energy and environment strategy, adopted by the government’s energy and environment conference on July 29, also calls […]

JAPAN | NISA asked Chubu Electric to manipulate public opinion

July 30, 2011

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JAPAN | ASAHI SHIMBUN | 30 July 2011 The agency tasked with regulating nuclear energy hoped to manipulate public opinion at a 2007 symposium on pluthermal generation at the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, operated by Chubu Electric Power Co. Chubu Electric officials, at a news conference July 29, said the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency […]