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JAPAN | Environment Ministry gets nuke role

August 12, 2011

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JAPAN | JAPAN TIMES | 12 August 2011 Prime Minister Naoto Kan and his Cabinet members agreed Friday to set up a new agency in charge of nuclear safety under the Environment Ministry amid the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The accord comes after the government announced last week its plan […]

JAPAN | Local govts worried by N-ash

August 12, 2011

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JAPAN | YOMIURI | 12 August 2011 Bags of radioactive incineration ash stored in a garbage processing plant in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday. CHIBA–With residents living near final disposal sites voicing concern and some local governments refusing to accept it, the Tohoku region is reconsidering its arrangement to store ash–some of it radioactive–from the […]

JAPAN | Govt releases plan to deal with N-ash

August 12, 2011

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JAPAN | YOMIURI | 12 August 2011 The Environment Ministry has drafted a plan to bury the ash of incinerated radioactive debris and sludge that is contaminated with more than 8,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram in a carefully regulated manner to prevent leakage in final disposal sites. The ministry submitted the draft plan […]

JAPAN | Japan to help create standards for solar cells

August 12, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 12 August 2011 Japanese research institutes and businesses will set up a facility in western Japan to create international standards on the efficiency of solar cells. Amid growing attention to solar power as a renewable energy source, Chinese and Taiwanese firms are rapidly expanding production to increase their share of the […]

JAPAN | Radiation measurement experts trained

August 12, 2011

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JAPAN | NHK | 12 August 2011 The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant plans to train about 4,000 workers as experts on the safety of irradiated areas. The government plans to consider lifting evacuation orders for zones which are deemed safe after it achieves the second phase of bringing the plant […]

USA | Volunteers Take on Dangerous Job of Scrubbing Nuke Contamination

August 12, 2011

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USA | ABC NEWS | 12 August 2011 Tatsuhiko Kodama’s voice shakes as he addresses volunteers at Ishigami Daini Kindergarten in the city of Minamisoma, 15 miles from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant. The director of the University of Tokyo’s Radioisotope Center is training people how to decontaminate a school filled with radiation spewed […]

JAPAN | Half of rice harvest to be tested for cesium

August 12, 2011

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JAPAN | JAPAN TIMES | 12 August 2011 The rice harvest is traditionally a time of festivities celebrated even by the Emperor, as farmers reap the rewards of four months of labor in a 2,000-year-old tradition. But not this year, with radiation seeping into the soil. Farmers growing half of the nation’s rice crop are […]