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Japan Nuke Worker Life Gets Recorded As Manga

March 25, 2014 8:27 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Tatsuta said "1F" is not about taking sides on the debate over nuclear power, but simply a story of what it's like to work there.                        

Japan Marks 3rd Anniversary Of Earthquake, Tsunami

March 11, 2014 7:46 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three years later, nearly 270,000 people remain displaced from their homes, including many from...

Japan Sees Opportunity In Fukushima Cleanup

March 10, 2014 8:35 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Eyeing dozens of aging reactors at home and hundreds of others worldwide, Japanese industry sees...

Japan Plan Keeps Nuclear As Key Energy Source

February 25, 2014 12:24 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The draft presented Tuesday to the Cabinet for approval expected in March, said Japan's nuclear...

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Highly Radioactive Water Leaks At Japan Nuke Plant

February 20, 2014 10:13 am | News | Comments

Highly radioactive water has overflowed from a storage tank at Japan's crippled nuclear power plant, but the operator says it did not reach the Pacific Ocean. The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., said Thursday that the leak involved partially treated water from early in the crisis, meaning it was more toxic than previous leaks.

Hundreds Sue Makers Of Fukushima Nuclear Plant

January 30, 2014 7:49 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plaintiffs said that manufacturers — Toshiba, GE and Hitachi — failed to make needed safety improvements to the 4-decade-old reactors at the Fukushima plant. They are seeking compensation of $1 each, saying the idea is to raise awareness of the problem.

Gov't Proposes More Steps To Store Fukushima Water

December 3, 2013 8:13 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials on the Industry Ministry's contaminated water panel also said that the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant could run out of storage for contaminated water within two years if current plans are not fully workable. A draft report, made available to reporters after the panel's experts and officials met, proposed covering the ground with asphalt to reduce rain inflow, building giant tanks and other steps.

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Uncertainties Abound In Fukushima Decommissioning

November 19, 2013 8:31 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nobody knows exactly how much fuel melted after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami knocked out cooling systems. Or where exactly the fuel went — how deep and in what form it is, somewhere at the bottom of reactor Units 1, 2 and 3.     

Japan Starts Up Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima

November 11, 2013 7:43 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The wind farm near the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant is to eventually have a generation capacity of 1 gigawatt from 143 turbines, though its significance is not limited to the energy it will produce.        

Workers: Japan Nuke Plant Water Tanks Flawed

November 8, 2013 7:27 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

When tons of radioactive water leaked from a storage tank at Fukushima's crippled nuclear power plant and other containers hurriedly put up by the operator encountered problems, Yoshitatsu Uechi was not surprised. He wonders if one of the tanks he built will be next.

U.S. Energy Chief Offers Japan Aid With Nuke Cleanup

October 31, 2013 8:23 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said he expects deepening cooperation with Japan over the high-stakes cleaning up and decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.The Fukushima plant has had a series of mishaps in recent months, including radioactive water leaks from storage tanks.

Japan, IAEA To Monitor Radioactivity Off Fukushima

October 10, 2013 11:34 am | News | Comments

The head of the U.N. nuclear agency says Japan should work harder to address international concerns about leaks of contaminated water at its crippled Fukushima nuclear plant and that his agency will jointly monitor radiation levels in the nearby ocean.

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Water Injection Pump For Damaged Fukushima Reactor Halts

October 7, 2013 9:53 am | News | Comments

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that a pump to inject water into one of the severely damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant halted Monday, possibly due to a problem at a power switchboard. The halt occurred at around 9:47 a.m. But cooling of the No. 1 reactor immediately resumed through a backup pump, the utility known as TEPCO said.

Overflowing Tank Cause Of New Leak At Fukushima

October 3, 2013 8:04 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Another day, another radioactive-water spill. The operator of the meltdown-plagued Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant says at least 430 liters (110 gallons) spilled when workers overfilled a storage tank without a gauge that could have warned them of the danger.

Attempts To Link Fukushima, Hiroshima Upset Some

September 26, 2013 8:00 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Many in this city, where the world's first atomic-bomb attack killed tens of thousands, are distressed by efforts to connect their suffering to the tsunami-triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.       

5.3-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan's Fukushima

September 20, 2013 7:55 am | News | Comments

A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the Japanese prefecture that is home to the nuclear power plant crippled in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese news agency Kyodo News reported that the plant's operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., observed no abnormality in radiation or equipment after the quake.

Japan PM Wants Fukushima Plant Entirely Scrapped

September 19, 2013 8:16 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country's crippled nuclear power plant Thursday to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four already slated for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like radioactive water leaks.

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Regulator: Fukushima Leak Was Exaggerated

September 5, 2013 9:45 am | News | Comments

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said Thursday that Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s use of data regarding contamination levels of storage tank leaks at its Fukushima plant were inaccurate and exaggerated risks. He suggested dispatching advisers to train workers how to properly handle equipment and data.

Japan To Fund Ice Wall To Stop Reactor Leaks

September 3, 2013 11:21 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese government announced Tuesday that it will spend $470 million on a subterranean ice wall and other steps in a desperate bid to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear station after repeated failures by the plant's operator.

Radioactive Water Leaks At Japanese Nuclear Plant

August 20, 2013 8:38 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant said Tuesday that about 300 tons (300,000 liters, 80,000 gallons) of highly radioactive water have leaked from one of the hundreds of storage tanks there — its worst leak yet from such a vessel.

Radioactive Water May Overflow At Japan Plant

August 6, 2013 9:20 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant said Tuesday it is struggling to stop contaminated underground water from leaking into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said some of the water is seeping over or around an underground barrier it created by injecting chemicals into the soil that solidified into a wall.

Mitsubishi To Fight Nuke Plant Negligence Claim

July 22, 2013 2:20 pm | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. will fight Southern California Edison's allegations of gross negligence in the design and manufacture of steam tubes built for the San Onofre nuclear power plant, which has been permanently shut down due to excessive wear in the tubes.

Study: Distant Quakes Can Affect Oil, Gas Fields

July 12, 2013 11:42 am | by Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling operations may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant big quakes.

Watchdog: Ocean Contamination Likely At Fukushima

July 10, 2013 2:30 pm | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority said a leak is "strongly suspected" and urged plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to determine where the water may be leaking from and assess the environmental and other risks, including the impact on the food chain.

Japan Moves Closer To Restarting Nuclear Reactors

July 9, 2013 8:28 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan moved a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors Monday as four utility companies applied for safety inspections of 10 idled plants, the clearest sign of a return to atomic energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster.   

Japan Formally OKs New Nuke Safety Requirements

June 19, 2013 8:21 am | News | Comments

Japan's nuclear watchdog has formally approved new safety requirements for atomic plants, paving the way for the reopening of facilities shut down since the Fukushima disaster. The new requirements approved Wednesday by the Nuclear Regulation Authority will take effect on July 8, when operators will be able to apply for inspections.

Fukushima Plant Steps Closer To Fuel-Rod Removal

June 12, 2013 7:54 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant chief Takeshi Takahashi told journalists given a tour of the plant Wednesday that workers have cleaned up much of the debris in their work areas, but that the priorities are keeping the plant stable and working toward shutting it down — a process that operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. estimates will take 40 years.

Stricken Japan Nuke Plant Struggles To Keep Staff

May 24, 2013 8:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it.

Japan Watchdog: Nuke Plant Sits On Active Fault

May 22, 2013 10:13 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

It was the first time Japanese regulators had officially recognized an active fault underneath an existing reactor, virtually acknowledging that the risk at Tsuruga had been overlooked for decades by both the operator and regulators despite warnings by some experts.

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