Fukushima timeline August 2011
- Nuclear Power Losing Favor in Much of the World
...And even China, that energy-consuming colossus, paused new nuclear plant construction...
- Full text of Kan's speech at Hiroshima A-bomb ceremony
Japan is also working to revise its energy policy from scratch. I deeply regret believing in the ''security myth'' of nuclear power and will carry out a thorough verification on the cause of this incident and implement fundamental countermeasures to ensure safety. At the same time, Japan will reduce its level of reliance on nuclear power generation with the aim of becoming a society that is not dependent on nuclear power.
I believe that it is our responsibility to take this incident as new lessons for all of humanity, and communicate what we have learned to the people of the world and future generations.
- Japan campaigners urge nuclear-free future
Anti-nuclear campaigners in Japan are using the 66th anniversary of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima to push the government to abandon nuclear power.
The United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city in August, 1945, near the end of the Second World War.
By the end of the year, about 140,000 deaths in Hiroshima were attributed to the bomb, including people killed in the explosion and later due to radiation and injuries.
- Hiroshima marks 66th anniversary of atomic bombing
Hiroshima is marking the 66th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city during the last few days of World War Two. The Hiroshima mayor has called on the central government to change Japan's nuclear-dependant energy policy.
The annual ceremony was held at Hiroshima Peace Park on Saturday morning, with Prime Minister Naoto Kan attending. About 50,000 people took part.
- Kan: No-nuclear generation society a gov't policy
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan says he will promote the idea of a society without reliance on nuclear power generation, not as a personal assertion but as a government policy.
The prime minister made the remark at a news conference in Hiroshima City, western Japan, on Saturday after the 66th anniversary ceremony of the US atomic bombing of the city. He reiterated his ceremony statement that Japan will revise its energy policy from scratch and reduce its dependence on nuclear power, aiming to create a society independent of nuclear power.
- TEPCO may use 'shower spray' on troubled reactor
the amount of water pumped in daily to maintain the temperatures at these levels is about 216 tons for the No. 3 reactor, as opposed to 84 tons for the No. 2 reactor, which is about the same size and contains roughly the same number of fuel rods, and 91 tons for the No. 1 reactor, which is smaller...
The new water injection method under consideration is based on the use of an emergency cooling system called a "core spray." It can pour water down like a shower above the fuel rods, resulting in more efficient cooling and the use of less coolant water, TEPCO said...
Cold shower replaces cold shutdown. Thats how you counter 10sv per hour! :/
Seems to me that not only the water is leaking into the ocean but consequently they also need to cool the building so it doesnt pancake more than it allready is.
- Govt To Mull Allowing Residents Within 3 Km Of Plant To Visit Home
FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo)--The government will consider the possibility of allowing residents within 3 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to visit their homes temporarily, Goshi Hosono, minister in charge of the nuclear crisis, said Saturday.
- Kaieda picks bureaucrats from pro-nuclear faction to lead METI
Banri Kaieda's "reborn" industry ministry is looking quite similar to highly criticized one that was heavily armed to thwart the energy reforms pushed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
- Close reactors that fail tests, Kaieda says
We'll learn more about reactor deterioration when the test results become available. This will spur a process of elimination [of reactors deemed potentially dangerous], eventually leading to fewer nuclear reactors," Kaieda said.
- Chiba Pref. starts radiation tests on rice
CHIBA--The Chiba prefectural government on Thursday started preliminary inspections of rice for radioactive substances to check whether the plants were affected by the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
- Kan Pledges Hiroshima To Reduce Reliance On Nuclear Power
HIROSHIMA (Kyodo)--Prime Minister Naoto Kan pledged Saturday in Hiroshima to work toward the elimination of nuclear weapons and lowering Japan's reliance on nuclear power following the Fukushima nuclear crisis, which he said has caused concerns about radiation-induced health risks.
- City resorts to secret dumping to deal with piles of radioactive dirt
The Fukushima city government has not made this place known to the public, even to residents living near the area. That's because it is the dumping site for huge amounts of radioactive sludge and dirt collected by city residents cleaning up and decontaminating their neighborhoods.
"(If we did make the site public), garbage from other residents might come flooding in," a Fukushima city official said, emphasizing that the disposal site is only "temporary."
- Gov't to mull allowing residents within 3 km of plant to visit home
The government will consider the possibility of allowing residents within 3 kilometers of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to visit their homes temporarily, Goshi Hosono, minister in charge of the nuclear crisis, said Saturday.
Hosono, while visiting Fukushima Prefecture for the sixth weekend in a row, told reporters that he made the remarks during his meeting with Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato at the prefectural government office in Fukushima city.
- No. 1 reactor at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant suspended for checkups
NIIGATA (Kyodo) -- The No. 1 nuclear reactor at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture was suspended early Saturday for a 60-day scheduled checkup, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said, bringing to 15 the total number in operation among the nation's 54 commercial reactors.
- Japan should conduct computer simulations on nuclear weapons: Ishihara(Japan going nuclear)
Japan should conduct computer simulations on nuclear weapons: Ishihara
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Friday that Japan should carry out computer simulations on nuclear weapons as such experiments can be conducted within a short period of time.
Ishihara said during a press conference that the United States has conducted new computer simulations to check the effectiveness of its nuclear warheads, even after the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama, and added, "Japan should be able to do that much."
- Mongolian opposition party opposes nuclear waste storage
ULAN BATOR, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia's opposition party has expressed concern to President Tsakhia Elbegdorj over recent reports it would accept nuclear waste, local media reported Friday.
In a note sent to the president, the Green Party said it rejected the view that nuclear waste posed no greater threat than coal ash produced by a thermal plant, and if Mongolia became a regional depository for nuclear waste, the security of the Mongolian people would be greatly endangered.
- TEPCO required to compensate tourism industry over nuclear crisis
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A Japanese government panel recommended Friday that Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, be required to pay damages to tourism companies across the country, including tour agencies and operators of hotels and "ryokan" Japanese-style inns, which have been adversely affected by the nuclear crisis due to cancellations by foreign travelers.
- Giant TEPCO solar array set to go on line
KAWASAKI -- One of two giant solar arrays being built here in a joint Tokyo Electric Power Co.-Kawasaki Municipal Government project is set to go on line.
The public-private partnership is setting up two arrays in the city's Ukishima and Ogishima districts, the first scheduled to go on line in mid- August, and the second following in December. Combined, the arrays will boast some 100,000 panels covering about 34 hectares of land, capable of generating about 20,000 kilowatts. Yearly energy production is estimated at around 21.1 million kilowatt hours, enough to power some 5,900 homes, it was explained during a tour of the first array in Ukishima on Aug. 5.
- What's Mox? The loss of 600 jobs in Cumbria
Sellafield is holding 13 tonnes of Japanese plutonium oxide for treatment, capable of generating, once processed, a greater energy output than 26 million tonnes of coal, but the Japanese aren't looking to get their enriched energy source back any time soon. Sellafield's Mox facility appears to have been entirely dependent upon orders from the Japanese company, even to the point where Sellafield's current Mox manufacturing works cannot be economically altered to handle the latest generation of nuclear reactors and so bid for other potential orders.
- Children bullied after Fukushima: expert
Children in particular were vulnerable, Prof Broinowski added.
"When these kids came out of Fukushima, others said to them: `Get away, you are going to infect me'."
- Gov't releases guidelines on eligibility for TEPCO damages
In response to the announcement, TEPCO said Friday that it will increase the number of staff working on the nuclear compensation issue to 5,000 next month from the current 1,000. TEPCO officials said at a news conference that as many as 500,000 people will be eligible for compensation under the new guidelines.
- Powerful typhoon bears down on China's east coast
More than 200,000 coastal residents in eastern China have evacuated and thousands of ships have been called back to shore ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Muifa, a powerful tropical storm that has already battered the Philippines, Taiwan and Japan. Zhejiang province moved 206,664 people from its coastal areas while another 80,400 residents were evacuated in Fujian province, according to local government websites.
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