Angry Miyagi residents block gov’t survey of candidate nuclear waste disposal site — The Mainichi

” KAMI, Miyagi — Local residents here blocked an attempt by Environment Ministry officials on Aug. 28 to inspect a candidate site for the disposal of waste contaminated with radioactive substances that have leaked from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The ministry was unable to begin surveys on three candidate sites in the … Continue reading

Fishermen OK Tepco plan to dump water from wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into sea — The Japan Times

” FUKUSHIMA – Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday approved a plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to take contaminated groundwater that’s continuously flowing into the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and dump it into the ocean after removing most of the radioactive materials from it. Tepco hopes the measure will curb the amount … Continue reading

Updated 8/25/2015: Seawater leak found at Sendai nuclear plant — NHK World; Japan’s Sendai reactor power ramp-up halted due to pump problem — Yahoo! News

Updated Aug. 25, 2015, NHK World: ” The operator of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, says it found seawater used to cool steam has leaked from some pipes. The trouble occurred at a condenser for the plant’s No.1 reactor last Thursday. Officials at Kyushu Electric Power Company found elevated salt levels … Continue reading

Updated 8/24/2015: Volcano issues unaddressed in nuclear plant restart; Japan raises warning level on volcano 50 km from just-restarted nuclear plant — The Japan Times

Updated Aug. 24, 2015, The Japan Times: ” Japan has seen its first nuclear power reactor restart in more than two years despite persisting safety issues related to volcanic eruptions. The No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture came back online on Tuesday. But the utility has … Continue reading

Proving negligence in Tepco case daunting — The Yomiuri Shimbun

” On July 31, the Tokyo No. 5 Committee for the Inquest of Prosecution announced its decision that former Tokyo Electric Power Co. Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, and two other former company executives “should be indicted” in connection with the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant disaster. In this case the “will of the people” … Continue reading

Fukushima: Thousands have already died, thousands more will die — Ian Fairlie via CounterPunch

” Official data from Fukushima show that nearly 2,000 people died from the effects of evacuations necessary to avoid high radiation exposures from the disaster. The uprooting to unfamiliar areas, cutting of family ties, loss of social support networks, disruption, exhaustion, poor physical conditions and disorientation can and do result in many people, in particular … Continue reading