2014年6月20日金曜日

The Most Powerful Reactor in China


"China is moving quickly to become the first country to operate the world’s most powerful atomic reactor even as France’s nuclear regulator says communication and cooperation on safety measures with its Chinese counterparts are lacking."    
reports Bloomberg.

2014年2月25日火曜日

Fukushima radiation could reach Pacific coast by April


"Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster has not yet reached ocean waters along the Pacific coast, but low levels of radioactive cesium from the stricken Japanese power plant could arrive by April, scientists reported Monday."

reports the SFGate.com

"The report came even as some Internet sites continue claiming that dangerously radioactive ocean water from Fukushima is showing up along California beaches - reports that have been denied by health officials and scientists since they first surfaced more than a month ago."


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2014年2月7日金曜日

Evacuation Plan for Mt.Fuji Eruption






"The prefectural governments of Shizuoka, Yamanashi and Kanagawa adopted the first comprehensive evacuation plan Thursday to prepare for a possible eruption of Mount Fuji."

reports the Japan Times today.

"The evacuation plan calls for 750,000 people leaving their homes in 14 municipalities in Shizuoka and Yamanashi due to lava and pyroclastic flows, as indicated last March."

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Record Strontium-90 at Fukushima Nuke Plant

"Tepco says a groundwater sample taken from a well at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant last July contained a record high 5 million becquerels per liter of radioactive strontium-90."

reports the Japan Times today.

"Tokyo Electric Power Co. initially said it had detected 900,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances, such as strontium, in the sample taken July 5 but then found problems in the measuring equipment in October."


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2014年1月21日火曜日

Tohoku Strawberry in India


"An agricultural production company based in a town devastated by the tsunami in 2011 is set to open a strawberry shop in Mumbai next month. The shop will market strawberries grown in India using the company’s branding and management technologies."

reports the Japan News website. 

"The company, GRA Inc., was established by 36-year-old Hiroki Iwasa of Yamamoto, Miyagi Prefecture, four months after the Great East Japan Earthquake to help revive the town’s strawberry farming. "


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2014年1月20日月曜日

Fishing Training To Revitalize the Quake-hit Town

"Three men have been trained in the basics of fishing through hands-on experience in the town of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, where the number of fishermen has declined in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011."

reports the Japan News.


"The three-night, four-day program was organized by the Otsuchi town government, with the aim of increasing the local population of fishermen to help rehabilitate the quake-hit town."



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2014年1月17日金曜日

19th Anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake

"Friday marks the 19th anniversary of the major earthquake that hit the port city of Kobe and surrounding areas in western Japan."


reports the News On Japan website.


"Various commemorative events are planned for the day to remember the calamity that killed 6,434 people. "


Tohoku Students To Attend the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake memorial

"Two middle school students from the Tohoku region who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake will attend a memorial in Kobe on Friday for the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, to discuss the current situation in disaster-hit areas and express their gratitude to the residents of Kobe for their support."

reports the Japan News today.

"They were invited to the ceremony after a proposal made last autumn by Yoko Nakajima, a 61-year-old painter and member of the 19th anniversary organizing committee in Kobe. Nakajima became acquainted with the girls through her activities to support survivors in the Tohoku region through art."


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2014年1月16日木曜日

TEPCO Plans to Restart Nuke

"The government approved Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s revised 10-year business plan Wednesday that includes its hope to restart reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture in July."

reports the Japan Times.

"Faced with drastic increases in the cost of fuel for thermal power to compensate for its idled nuclear reactors, Tepco management considers the Kashiwazaki restarts key to its financial health."

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2014年1月15日水曜日

Is Anti-Nuke the only issue for the Tokyo Metropolitan Governor race ?

"Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa said Tuesday as he turned 76 that he has secured the backing of fellow former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and will run for Tokyo governor next month."

reports the Japan Times today.

"Hosokawa’s camp considered it critical for get the full support of Koizumi, a popular leader who has been in the news lately for renouncing his stance in favor of nuclear power."

But the blogger wonders if the nuclear issue is the most important one for the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.  We are yet to see Hosokawa's other campaign pledges.

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