Tepco struggling to win approval of fishermen over water-discharge plan — The Asahi Shimbun; The Japan Times

” Local fishermen are crying foul over Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s latest plan to discharge processed contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ocean. TEPCO and the central government held the first explanatory briefing over the plan on Sept. 18, seeking to win the approval of fishermen operating in … Continue reading

Updated 9/19/14: Yoshida transcripts and accounts of Tepco workers during Fukushima crisis — The Japan Times; Mainichi; The Asahi Shimbun; *Yoshida interviews / Strong words on Fukushima N-crisis from Tepco’s manager — The Yomiuri Shimbun

Updated Sept. 19, 2014, The Japan Times: “Responders cowed by explosion at reactor 3 building of Fukushima No. 1“ * * * Updated Sept. 18, 2014, The Japan Times: “Learn from the 3/11 transcripts“ Mainichi: “Testimony shows confusion at Fukushima plant, chief’s anger“ The Japan Times: “A melted shoe and a farewell letter in the … Continue reading

Beverly Findlay-Kaneko on journalist Iwaji’s death — Nuclear Hotseat

Nuclear Hotseat: “ Beverly Findlay-Kaneko, Nuclear Hotseat’s “boots on the ground” in Japan, talks extensively about the recent death of Asahi TV news director Masaki Iwaji, whose passing was officially categorized as suicide but  which is believed by many to have been something else.  Beverly also discusses how Japan’s political shift to the right has … Continue reading

Japan nears a nuclear reboot — The New York Times

” All of Japan’s 48 operable nuclear reactors — the source of about one-third of the country’s electricity — were shut down after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011. Three years later, Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has certified two reactors at the Sendai power plant on the southern island of … Continue reading

Tepco measures fail to hold water — The Yomiuri Shimbun

” FUKUSHIMA — Three and a half years after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, efforts to contain water contaminated with radioactive substances at the plant are at a crossroads. Resolving the radioactive water issue is the first hurdle toward decommissioning the plant. However, despite the time that … Continue reading

Japan to restart nuclear reactors — The Guardian

” Japan’s nuclear watchdog has given the green light for two reactors to restart but the operator still has to persuade local communities they are safe. Widespread anti-nuclear sentiment has simmered in Japan ever since an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 caused meltdowns at the Fukushima power plant, sparking the worst atomic disaster since … Continue reading