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AP: Japan Scientists Took Utility Money

December 6, 2012 1:15 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Some of these same scientists have consistently given optimistic assessments about the health risks of radiation, interviews with the scientists and government documents show. Their pivotal role in setting policy after the March 2011 tsunami and ensuing nuclear meltdowns meant the difference between schoolchildren playing outside or indoors and families staying or evacuating.

Toshiba Unveils Four-Legged Robot For Nuke Disaster

November 21, 2012 8:20 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toshiba Corp. unveiled a robot Wednesday that the company says can withstand high radiation and help in nuclear disasters. But it remains unclear what exactly the new machine will be capable of doing if and when it gets the go-ahead to enter Japan's crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.

Japan Utility Wants More Funds For Nuclear Crisis

November 7, 2012 11:07 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese operator of the nuclear power plant devastated in last year's disasters is seeking more government financial support, saying the cost of the cleanup could be double the $62.5 billion allocated so far. Tokyo Electric Power Co. made the appeal in a management "action plan" it presented Wednesday.


Japan Nuclear Safety Team Took Utility Money

November 3, 2012 6:50 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Members of a Japanese government team assigned to set reactor safety measures received funding from utility companies or atomic industry manufacturers, raising questions about the experts' neutrality in the wake of last year's tsunami-triggered nuclear disaster.

Japan Nuclear Plant Checked For Fault Line

November 2, 2012 8:51 am | News | Comments

Japanese nuclear regulators inspected ground structures at the country's only operating nuclear plant to examine if an existing fault line is active. The inspection Friday determines whether the Ohi plant in western Japan should close. Its No. 3 and No. 4 reactors went back online in July, becoming Japan's only operating reactors.

Worker: Japan Nuke Crisis Crew Not Told Of Danger

November 1, 2012 7:54 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint. The actions by Tokyo Electric Power Co. led to radiation injuries, said the contract worker.

Japan's Rebuilding Money Spent On Unrelated Jobs

October 30, 2012 8:55 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

About a quarter of the $148 billion budget for reconstruction after the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster has been spent on unrelated projects, including subsidies for a contact lens factory and research whaling, a Japanese government accounting shows.

Japan Utility: Nuclear Crisis Was Avoidable

October 12, 2012 8:11 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

The utility behind Japan's nuclear disaster acknowledged for the first time Friday that it could have avoided the crisis. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said in a statement that it had known safety improvements were needed before last year's tsunami triggered three meltdowns, but it had feared the political, economic and legal consequences of implementing them.


Fukushima Revisited: Lessons Learned

October 8, 2012 8:26 am | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Articles | Comments

Perhaps the most significant legacy of the earthquake will arise from what happened at the Fukushima nuclear plant, which was situated in the direct path of the tsunami. The fact that the emergency generators were in a vulnerable position where floodwaters could stop them is only one of a number of design flaws that contributed to the magnitude of the disaster.

Japan Backtracks On Nuclear Phase-Out

September 19, 2012 7:49 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's Cabinet stopped short of committing to phase out nuclear power by 2040, backtracking from an advisory panel's recommendations in the face of opposition from pro-nuclear businesses and groups. While not endorsing the energy policy document calling for the phase-out released last week, the Cabinet ministers did vaguely agree to pursue its goals.

Toyota Raises Sales Target To 9.76M Cars

August 3, 2012 9:25 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota's quarterly sales soared nearly 60 percent to $70.5 billion, showing how strongly the company has recovered from last year's earthquake.

Ford, GM Sales Lose Ground To Japan Rivals In July

August 1, 2012 1:48 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM's sales fell 6 percent from a year earlier, while Ford's slipped 4 percent, while Toyota is enjoying a 26-percent jump over last year's earthquake recovery.

Mazda's Losses Shrink On Disaster Recovery

July 31, 2012 3:45 pm | News | Comments

Mazda sold 300,000 vehicles for the quarter, up 6.5 percent, which helped reduce its losses by $240 million compared to a year earlier.


Toyota Takes Global Sales Lead From GM

July 25, 2012 10:10 am | by Tom Krisher & Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Toyota bounced back from safety recalls and natural disasters, selling 4.97 million vehicles globally in the first half of the year to retake its crown as the world's top automaker from General Motors

Japan Utility: Flaws Worsened Tsunami Crisis

June 20, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

The operator of the plant devastated by a tsunami has issued a final report, outlining organizational and communication problems that have not yet been resolved.

Japan OKs Restart Of 1st Reactors Since Tsunami

June 18, 2012 8:23 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's government approved bringing the country's first nuclear reactors back online since last year's earthquake and tsunami led to a nationwide shutdown.

Tsunami Dock: Should It Stay Or Should It Go?

June 14, 2012 9:31 am | by Jeff Bernard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thousands of people are flocking to see a Japanese dock that was torn loose by last year's tsunami, but it could threaten the integrity of the beach.

Panel: Gov't Meddling Added To Japan Nuclear Crisis

June 11, 2012 8:59 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Panel said the ex-prime minister and his aides caused confusion at the height of the crisis by heavily interfering in the damaged plant's operation.

Japan PM: Two Reactors Must Be Restarted To 'Survive'

June 8, 2012 9:18 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda suggested if the country doesn't return to nuclear power, the Japanese livelihood and economic stability would be threatened.

Tsunami-Swept Harley Found In Canada

May 2, 2012 9:50 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese media say a Harley-Davidson motorcycle lost in last year's tsunami has washed up on a Canadian island about 4,000 miles away.

New Probe Finds Worse Damage At Fukushima

March 27, 2012 9:21 am | News | Comments

The operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant says an endoscopic examination detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose.

Another Japan Reactor Shuts Down; Only One Left

March 26, 2012 9:12 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

The No. 6 reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex was taken off line for maintenance, while the timetable for restarts remains unclear.

U.S. Orders Safety Changes After Japan Crisis

March 12, 2012 10:05 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Orders require nuclear plants to install or improve venting systems to limit core damage in a serious accident.

Toyota Europe Looks To Increase Sales

March 6, 2012 9:25 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Europe has recovered from the impact of Japan's tsunami and earthquake and expects to increase both its sales and share of a shrinking European market.

Japan's Industrial Output Rebounds

January 31, 2012 9:08 am | by Malcolm Foster, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan's industrial production rebounded 4 percent in December from November, suggesting the still-weak economy is gaining some steam.

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