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

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.”

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

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.

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Deadly new radiation high detected at Fukushima storage tanks.

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

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Fukushima radiation levels 18 times higher than previously thought.

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

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Tepco reveals leak of 300 tonnes of highly contaminated water.

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.

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Emergency declared as radioactive water spills out of Fukushima plant.

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.”

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Tepco sits on bad news yet again.

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.

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Japanese regulator urges Tepco to find source of radioactive leak.

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.”

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Fukushima 50: ‘We felt like kamikaze pilots’.

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.”

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New Japanese government seeks to reverse nuclear phase out.

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.”

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