"Japan may face a total nuclear shutdown in the summer for the second time since the March 2011 Fukushima disaster as the country’s two operating reactors close for maintenance and tough new safety checks keep the rest of the fleet offline." reports the Japan Today website.
Ohi Plant (source: Wikipedia)
"That could force Japan to import even more fossil fuels for power generation, adding to an onerous energy bill that helped push the country into a record trade deficit in 2012."
"The Bank of Japan announced on Tuesday its most determined effort yet to end years of economic stagnation, saying it would switch to an open-ended commitment to buying assets next year and double its inflation target to 2 percent." reports the Reuters. Read the full story.
The government of Japan plans to set aside 4.5 trillion yen ($50.11 billion) for fiscal 2013, for rebuilding from the March 2011 disaster, adding 3 trillion yen on top of the current five-year framework for that purpose, the Nikkei reported.
"The dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington beach last month has been confirmed as debris from the March 2011 tsunami in Japan." reports the Seattle Times.
Debris near Mosquito Creek (source: the Seattle Times)
"The state Marine Debris Task Force says it was identified by the Japanese government through photos that showed a fender serial number. The dock came from the Aomori Prefecture and is similar to the dock that washed ashore last summer at Newport, Ore., also from the tsunami." Read the full story...
"A French woman has sued NHK, claiming it unfairly dismissed her after she took a leave of absence from work after the outbreak of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster."reports the Daily Yomiuri.
Emmanuelle Bodin, a 55-year-old former contract worker at the public broadcaster, filed the suit Tuesday with the Tokyo District Court demanding NHK invalidate the dismissal and pay unpaid wages. Read the full story...
"Events were held on Thursday morning to mark the 18th anniversary of the Great Hanshin Earthquake in Hyogo Prefecture." reports the Japan Today website. "The earthquake, which struck at 5:46 a.m. on Jan 17, 1995, killed 6,434 people in Hyogo Prefecture and neighboring areas."