PM Abe to Fukushima disaster workers: Japan’s future depends on you.

September 19, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has told workers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that “the future of Japan” depends on their ongoing struggle to contain leaks of highly radioactive water at the site.” Read more

All Japan’s nuclear plants shut again, cash-strapped utilities deep in red.

September 13, 2013 Gas, Nuclear 

FT: Kansei Electric’s 1,180-megawatt No 4 reactor at the Ohi plant in Osaka will be idled from Sunday for safety inspections, and the total freeze will last until January at the earliest, exceeding a two-month hiatus last year. Read more

Deadly new radiation high detected at Fukushima storage tanks.

September 4, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has radiation leaks strong enough to deliver a fatal dose within hours, Japanese authorities have revealed, as the government prepares to step in to help contain leaks of highly toxic water at the site.” Read more

Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought.

September 1, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said radiation near the bottom of the tank measured 1,800 millisieverts an hour – high enough to kill an exposed person in four hours. Tepco said water levels inside the tank had not changed, indicating there had not been a leak. But the company said it had yet to discover the cause of the radiation spike.”

Tepco reveals leak of 300 tonnes of highly contaminated water.

August 20, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: The spillage at Fukushima is the most severe since March 2011 as Tepco says it does not know how the water leaked out or where it has leaked to. Read more

Emergency declared as radioactive water spills out of Fukushima plant.

August 6, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, according to the country’s nuclear watchdog.” Read more

Tepco sits on bad news yet again.

July 23, 2013 Nuclear 

FT: Government officials and local fishermen are furious with Tepco after it admitted the existence of the leak for the first time, weeks after regulators spotted the problem and days after the utility’s own analysis confirmed it.

Japanese regulator urges Tepco to find source of radioactive leak.

July 11, 2013 Nuclear 

FT: “Japan’s nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant’s operator.” Read more

Fukushima 50: ‘We felt like kamikaze pilots’.

January 11, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “Yoshizawa and several Tepco colleagues decided they had no choice but to return to Fukushima Daiichi. As they left the crisis headquarters, firefighters, police officers, soldiers and nuclear officials lined up to salute them.” Read more

New Japanese government seeks to reverse nuclear phase out.

January 11, 2013 Nuclear 

Guardian: “Almost two years after the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi power plant sent shockwaves around the world, Japan‘s government is attempting to resell the nuclear dream to a traumatised public.” Read more

Japan announces nuclear phase out within 30 years.

September 14, 2012 Nuclear 

Guardian: “The move to close all 50 of the country’s functioning reactors by around 2040 marks a dramatic change of course by a country that had previously championed atomic energy, putting Japan alongside Germany and Switzerland, which also turned away from nuclear power following the disaster. Japan, the world’s third biggest user of nuclear power before the disaster, had planned to increase nuclear’s share of the energy mix to 50% by 2030.”

Fukushima was a man-made disaster: Japanese parliament panel.

July 5, 2012 Nuclear 

Guardian: “Last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was a manmade disaster caused by poor regulation and collusion between the government, the operator and the industry’s watchdog, a report has said.” Read more

Japan succeeds in bringing Fukushima to cold shutdown.

December 16, 2011 Nuclear 

Radiation leaks from the three reactor meltdowns have forced more than 100,000 people to abandon homes  and polluted some 3 per cent of Japan’s land mass to levels requiring decontamination.

Nuclear power, at a crossroads, cannot afford another accident.

November 15, 2011 Nuclear 

So writes Sylvia Pfeifer in the FT. More than 500 reactors planned or proposed, a market worth thousands of billions of dollars, are at risk from the Fukushima fallout, the dire progress in Finland, and the collapse in public trust.

Uncertainty will remain about China’s nuclear policy until next spring.

November 15, 2011 Nuclear 
China suspension of approvals for new nuclear plants, announced less than a week after Fukushima, is still in place and a sweeping review of laws and regulations underway. Twenty-seven reactors are under construction in China today, more than 40 per cent of the global total, and about 10 more were on track  before the suspension. The new rules may be completed by next spring, the FT reports.

“Anti-nuclear mood melts Tepco’s hopes of normality”.

November 15, 2011 Nuclear 

The FT describes how far the ward of the state is from returning to its $65 bn monopoly business as usual. Japan has retreated from a pre-disaster target of lifting nuclear in the mix to 50%, and many mayors and governors are refusing to let reactors start up again.

Fukushima: “grim and shambolic” say first journalists allowed in.

November 12, 2011 Nuclear 

Eight months on, the first journalists allowed inside the plant report chaotic scenes. They are allowed nowhere near the reactors,, and are told by the environment minister that it may take 30 years to decommission the plant.

Japan due to restart first reactor since Fukushima.

November 1, 2011 Nuclear 

The reactor, in Kyushu, had been shut down after a cooling incident.

IAEA: Fukushima as bad as Chernobyl.

September 28, 2011 Nuclear 

Six countries have notified the IAEA that they abandoned plans as a result of the disaster. The UK looks like being the largest western market in the decade ahead.

Tepco considered abandoning Fukushima, and Kan feared for the nation.

September 8, 2011 Nuclear 

Naoto Kan, former PM, in the Guardian: “Withdrawing from the plant was out of the question. If that had happened, Tokyo would be deserted by now. It was a critical moment for Japan’s survival. It could have been a led to leaks of dozens of times more radiation than Chernobyl.” He also says Tepco were not telling him the true situation.

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