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Until the Fukushima accident, Japan had 55 operating nuclear reactors as well as enrichment and reprocessing plants which had suffered a series of deadly accidents at its nuclear facilities resulting in the deaths of workers and releases of radioactivity into the environment and surrounding communities. Since the Fukushima disaster, there is growing opposition against re-opening those reactors closed for maintenance.

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Monday
May232011

Japanese Prime Minister denies having ordered suspension of seawater dousing of damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors on March 12

The Mainichi Daily News of Japan has reported that Japanese PM Kan and his chief spokesman Edano have denied any involvement in Tokyo Electric Power Company's decision to suspend seawater injection into damaged and melting reactor cores on the second day of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe.

Monday
May162011

TEPCO failed to heed warnings about natural disaster impacts

Reuters: A government body conducted analyses on the damage tsunamis of various scale would inflict on a nuclear power plant, according to documents made public yesterday, adding to allegations that Japan and its largest utility failed to heed warnings.

The latest revelation, reported by the Mainichi daily, emerged as the government prepares to help the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) compensate victims of the crisis at the tsunami-crippled nuclear Fukushima Dai-ichi plant.

The government and TEPCO have repeatedly described the combination of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the ensuing 15m tsunami as beyond expectations. Read more.

Thursday
May052011

"Tepco is a murderer...I have no more tears left to shed."

Tepco president Shimizu, center, and company executives bow to evacuees to apologize for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Koriyama evacuation center, Fukushima Prefecture, April 22, 2011. Photo by AFP, Getty.As reported by Reuters, those words came from an evacuee from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear catastrophe, as the head of Tokyo Electric Power Company sought his forgiveness. Eight of the evacuee's loved ones, including his 95 year old mother, had died in evacuation centers since the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear catastrophe triple blow began on Japan's northeast coast.

Thursday
May052011

Underground walls to prevent radioactive water discharges to ocean?

Reuters reports that Tokyo Electric Power Company is considering, among many other options, building 50 foot deep underground retaining walls, in yet another desperate attempt to prevent highly radioactive water -- generated by the tens of thousands of tons in the effort to cool the melting down reactor cores -- from reaching the sea.

Thursday
May052011

Nuclear power phase out, replacement by renewables, discussed in Japan

As reported by Reuters after an "Energy Shift Parade" by thousands in Japan demanding a nuclear power phase out, the idea of completing replacing nuclear power with renewables is now being opening debated in Japan.