Newsroom revolution, empowering the people — Jun Hori via TED Talks, Kyoto 2013; Japan’s timid coverage of Fukushima led this news anchor to revolt — PRI

Jun Hori, a former news anchor for NHK, the Japanese state broadcaster, quit his job because of the pressures on NHK to restrict and censor news in Japan, especially news regarding the Fukushima nuclear power plant. He began his own public participation news site, 8bitnews.org, where thousands of Japanese and global citizens have posted videos … Continue reading

Japan reactor near active volcanos called unsafe — Associated Press via ABC News

” A prominent volcanologist disputed Japanese regulators’ conclusion that two nuclear reactors were safe from a volcanic eruption in the next few decades, saying Friday that such a prediction was impossible. A cauldron eruption at one of several volcanos surrounding the Sendai nuclear power plant in southern Japan could not only hit the reactors but … Continue reading

South Koreans still fear radiation from Japan — The Wall Street Journal

” More than three years have passed since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, but some South Koreans are still leery over possible radioactive contamination from their neighbor. Environmental activists and residents of Changwon, a city on South Korea’s southeastern coast, staged a rally Tuesday in front of a steel company to protest its import … Continue reading

Radiation levels at Fukushima rise to record highs after typhoon — RT

RT: ” The amount of radioactive water near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has risen to record levels after a typhoon passed through Japan last week, state media outlet NHK reported on Wednesday. Specifically, levels of the radioactive isotope cesium are now at 251,000 becquerels per liter, three times higher than previously-recorded levels. Cesium, which … Continue reading

More than 25,000 people will never go home because of Fukushima contamination — Rob Edwards, Sunday Herald

” At least 25,000 people evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan will never be able to go home, the Sunday Herald can reveal. A large swathe of land downwind of the four Fukushima Daiichi reactors smashed by a 15-metre tsunami in March 2011 is so contaminated by radioactivity that it will not be … Continue reading

One-third of safety cameras at Monju reactor broken — The Japan Times

” TSURUGA, FUKUI PREF. – About a third of the 180 monitoring cameras installed at the experimental Monju fast-breeder reactor were found broken during a safety inspection last month, a source familiar with the matter said, renewing concerns about safety management at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, which runs it. In May 2013, the Nuclear … Continue reading