Appropriate radiation control vital for Fukushima decommissioning — The Yomiuri Shimbun

Another conservative article by The Yomiuri Shimbun that nonetheless sheds some light on decontamination workers’ exposure to radiation. ” It will take about 40 years to decommission reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. To secure the personnel necessary for that task, it is important to thoroughly safeguard the health … Continue reading

Municipalities lock horns over contaminated grass given to Fukushima cattle ranch — The Asahi Shimbun

” SHIROISHI, Miyagi Prefecture–The mayor of a town near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant filed a complaint Nov. 20 against Shiroishi city for providing radiation-contaminated pasture grass to a local farmer. Mayor Tamotsu Baba of Namie town visited the Shiroishi city office to hand a written complaint to Toru Sasaki, the deputy … Continue reading

Radiation monitoring center opens in coastal Fukushima — The Asahi Shimbun

” MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture–A research headquarters to monitor radiation levels from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant around the clock opened here Nov. 16. A branch of the Fukushima Prefectural Center for Environmental Creation, the “environmental radiation center” in coastal Minami-Soma city operates with a total budget of 2.7 billion yen ($21.88 million). … Continue reading

Another Kyushu Electric reactor begins full commercial operation — Kyodo News

” Kyushu Electric Power Co. began full-scale commercial operation Tuesday of a nuclear reactor at its two-unit Sendai plant in southwestern Japan after clearing a final inspection by the nuclear regulator. The plant’s No. 2 unit is the second reactor in the country to fully resume commercial operation under new safety regulations adopted after the … Continue reading

Fukushima N-plant’s impermeable wall is one way to revive local fisheries — The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri Shimbun presents an optimistic and rather conservative article on the contaminated water situation at Fukushima No. 1. ” At the port area in front of Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant, radioactive concentration levels have begun to drastically decrease. This is because an impermeable wall has been completed that runs … Continue reading

Japan’s dangerous nuclear waste on the cutting board? Towards a renewables future — Andrew DeWit, The Asia-Pacific Journal

” Japan’s Abe Shinzo government is commonly held to be in thrall to nuclear power, not least because it came into office in December 2012 committed to nuclear restarts and other policies promoted by the nuclear village. Yet clearly much has changed over the past three years. The Abe government’s repositioning on energy is evident … Continue reading