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Fukushima Report Blasts TEPCO’s On-Going Failures | Common Dreams

The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant is still stumbling in its handling of the disaster 16 months later, by dragging its feet in investigations and trying to understate the true damage at the complex, investigators said Monday. The Japanese government-appointed inquiry into the 3 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdowns has raised doubts about whether other atomic plants are prepared ...

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Made in Japan? Fukushima Crisis Is Nuclear, Not Cultural | TruthOut via capitoilette

Since the release of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Committee’s official report last week, much has been made of how it implicates Japanese culture as one of the root causes of the crisis. The committee’s chairman, Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, makes the accusation quite plainly in the opening paragraphs of the executive summary [PDF]: What must be admitted – very painfully ...

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Fukushima and the Nuclear Pushers | Counterpunch

Karl Grossman, professor of journalism at the State University of New York/College of New York, concludes his article: With some very important exceptions, people have not adequately taken on the nuclear authorities. And we all must. The nuclear promoters have set up a corrupt system to enable them to get their way with their deadly technology. They have lied, they ...

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Japan Restarts Nuclear Reactor Amid Protests | WSJ.com

By YOREE KOH TOKYO—Japan put its first reactor back online Sunday following a two-month hiatus without nuclear power, as concerns over possible power shortages won out for the time being over safety fears following last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. Kansai Electric Power Co. started removing the control rods used to prevent nuclear fission from the core of the No. 3 ...

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Record Radiation Levels Detected at Fukushima Reactor | RSN

EPCO, the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, said Wednesday record amounts of radiation had been detected in the basement of reactor number 1, further hampering clean-up operations. TEPCO took samples from the basement after lowering a camera and surveying instruments through a drain hole in the basement ceiling. Radiation levels above radioactive water in the basement reached up ...

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A Crossroads for Japan: Revive Nuclear or Go Green? | by Andrew DeWit, Yale Environment 360

In the wake of the Fukushima disaster, Japan has idled all 50 of its nuclear reactors. While the central government and business leaders are warning a prolonged shutdown could spell economic doom, many Japanese and local officials see the opportunity for a renewable energy revolution. by Andrew DeWit May 5 marked the shutdown of the last of Japan’s 50 viable ...

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Fukushima inquiry: I felt helpless, says former PM | guardian.co.uk

Naoto Kan urges Japan to abandon nuclear power as the industry attempts to bring closed reactors back into operation Justin McCurry in Tokyo Japan’s prime minister at the height of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis has admitted he often felt “helpless” during the early days of the disaster, adding that the facility’s triple meltdown had brought the country close to ...

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Japan shuts down last working nuclear reactor | guardian.co.uk

All 50 reactors now closed for maintenance after 2011 tsunami but government faces major public opposition to reactivation Japan is shutting down its last working nuclear reactor as part of the safety drive imposed after the March 2011 tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima plant. The closure of the third reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido prefecture, northern ...

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Coalition Sends Urgent Request for UN Intervention to Stabilize the Fukushima Unit 4 Spent Nuclear Fuel | Green Action Japan

  Kyoto, Japan—On 30 April, seventy-two Japanese NGO organizations lead by Shut Tomari and Green Action send an urgent request to the UN and Japanese government urging immediate action to stabilize the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 4 spent nuclear fuel. The letter was endorsed by experts from Japan and abroad. The letter warned that the seriously damaged Unit ...

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Why Fukushima is a Greater Disaster Than Chernobyl | Counterpunch

Warning Signs for the US In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear power disaster, the news media is just beginning to grasp that the dangers to Japan and the rest of the world posed by the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site are far from over. After repeated warnings by former senior Japanese officials, nuclear experts, and now a U.S. Senator, it is ...

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