TEPCO Ordered To Pay Over Suicide Linked To Nuclear Evacuation

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via Japan Times / June 30, 2015 / Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday was again held responsible for a suicide linked to the 2011 nuclear crisis and ordered to pay damages. The Fukushima District Court ordered TEPCO to pay ¥27 million to the family of 67-year-old Kiichi Isozaki, who committed suicide in July 2011 after being forced out of his home near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and … Continue reading

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Redeeming Lives of Fukushima’s Irradiated Animals

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By Kunio Kobinata / the-japan-news.com / June 29, 2015 / In the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, much remains unknown about the long-term health effects of the radioactive substances released. Seeking answers, Tohoku University Prof. Manabu Fukumoto has been examining the blood and other factors of slaughtered cattle and wild animals caught by hunters mainly within a 20-kilometer radius of the plant. Over … Continue reading

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Search Is Still On For Devices Tracking Fukushima Debris

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by J.R Rardon / campbellrivermirror.com / June 30, 2015 / A transponder that spent more than three years floating in the Pacific Ocean before washing up on Vancouver Island has become the subject of a wide-ranging scavenger hunt after mysteriously winding up in Campbell River last week. The transponder, part of a group of 12 dropped in the ocean near Fukushima, Japan in January of 2012, was meant to give … Continue reading

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Struggling TEPCO to Gain Additional Funding From 3 National Mega-Banks

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from The Asahi Shimbun / June 24, 2015 / In a show of “confidence”, the nation’s top three banks and other financial organizations who have been funding embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. have agreed to extend 280 billion yen ($2.26 billion) in loans to the utility for the fiscal year. [emphasis added] The entities concluded that TEPCO, the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, has been … Continue reading

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Unveiled in Fukushima

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via Eco Watch / June 22, 2015 / Japan officially unveiled today its 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbine, the world’s largest offshore turbine to date. It is slated to be operational by September. The Fukushima Wind Project, located about 12 miles off the coast of Fukushima, installed a 2 MW wind turbine in November 2013. The turbines are part of a pilot project led by Marubeni Co. and funded by the Japanese government with research … Continue reading

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Japan Asks China To Ease Food Import Restrictions Introduced After Fukushima

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via South China Morning Post / June 21, 2015 / A Japanese farm ministry official met a senior Chinese official in charge of food inspection on Friday to request the easing of restrictions on food imports introduced after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, sources said. A director general at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries used the meeting in Beijing to stress the safety of Japanese food, … Continue reading

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Planet Mars behaving like a rock star

If planets had personalities, Mars would be a rock star according to recent preliminary results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Mars sports a ‘Mohawk’ of escaping atmospheric particles at its poles, ‘wears’ a layer of metal particles high in its atmosphere, and lights up with aurora after being smacked by solar storms. MAVEN is also mapping out the escaping atmospheric particles.

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Planet Mars behaving like a rock star

If planets had personalities, Mars would be a rock star according to recent preliminary results from NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft. Mars sports a ‘Mohawk’ of escaping atmospheric particles at its poles, ‘wears’ a layer of metal particles high in its atmosphere, and lights up with aurora after being smacked by solar storms. MAVEN is also mapping out the escaping atmospheric particles.

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7,000 Japanese Claim $297mn in Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Damages

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via RT.com / June 15, 2015 / Some 7,000 people in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture have sought $297 million in compensation over the Fukushima nuclear disaster. They are also demanding a decontamination fund, health checks, and an apology from the plant’s operator. The residents’ lead lawyer, Koji Otani, said it is “irrational” for his clients to be treated differently than Fukushima residents, as the same amount of radiation was detected in … Continue reading

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TEPCO Executives Recognized Need For Improved Tsunami Protection in 2008

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via Enformable.com / June 19, 2015 / Tokyo Electric, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, has released a document during a lawsuit brought by over 40 shareholders which reveals the utilities acknowledgment that tsunami defenses at the plant were not adequate. The internal document from 2008 noted that TEPCO executives had agreed that it would be “indispensable” to further build up coastal defenses for the plant … Continue reading

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