June 16, 2019

Japan sacks three top nuclear power officials

Three men in charge of nuclear power safety and policy have been sacked with the ongoing crisis at the tsunami-hit and earthquake hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant showing no signs of abating. Japan's Trade and Industry Minister, Banri Kaieda, said the three senior officials would be held … [Read more...]

Japanese ‘kamikaze’ pensioners volunteer to work at Fukushima nuclear site

A group of over 200 Japanese pensioners are volunteering to work at the Fukushima nuclear power station to help contain the radiation leaks. They call themselves 'The Skilled Veterans Corps' and are retired engineers and other professionals, all over the age of 60. They say they should be … [Read more...]

Fukushima nuclear plant worker dies in waste disposal building

The operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked and earthquake damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant says a contract worker in his 60s has died after collapsing at the facility's waste disposal building. Tokyo Electric Power Co. spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto says the man was carrying equipment at … [Read more...]

Japan’s Prime Minister to give up salary

Japan Prime Minister Naoto Kan has announced that he will give up his salary until the nuclear crisis in Japan is over. The Prime Minister's salary is 1,636,000 yen a month ($20,200), but he will still receive his smaller lawmaker's salary. Kan also took the salary announcement opportunity to … [Read more...]

Robot enters Fukushima reactor no.2 building

A US built "Packbot" robot probe has entered the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It had found 'sauna' like conditions of up to 41 degrees Celcius and humidity levels of 94-99 percent. Finally there was some good news though for the beleagured Tokyo Electric … [Read more...]

New Radiation leak outside Fukushima nuclear power plant

Japanese officials have announced that for the first time highly radioactive water has been found outside one of the reactor buildings at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. The leak is in a tunnel linked to the No 2 reactor and raises the level of anxiety in Japan that radioactive liquid is … [Read more...]

Greenpeace monitoring radiation levels in Japan

Nuclear experts working with Greenpeace have started monitoring radiation near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 atomic power plant in Japan. Greenpeace said it believed Japanese authorities may have been underplaying the severity of the disaster at the quake-tsunami damaged plant. "Since the … [Read more...]

Third explosion rocks Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan

A third explosion in four days at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has led to fears of an imminent meltdown. Engineers had been working to stablise No.2 reactor following explosions that had seriously damaged two of the other reactors at the plant. One government minister has said it … [Read more...]