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Japan's Prime Minister to Give Up Salary PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

CNN's wire staff reports that "Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday that he will give up his salary until the nuclear crisis in the country is over.  He also said he would review the country's energy policy and consider other energy sources like wind and solar power."

Read more about how the nuclear crisis in Japan has begun to change its energy policy here.

 
U.S. Wants Updated Emergency Plans PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

The CNN wire staff reports that "U.S. safety officials Wednesday called for nuclear power plants to lay out their plans for handling "extreme events" like the disaster that struck Japan two months ago.  A bulletin issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave American utilities until June 10 to confirm that they have the equipment "in place and available" to prevent a catastrophe like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant."

Read the full article here.

 
Low Water Level May Have Caused Rods to Melt PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

The CNN Wire Staff reports that "[a] low water level in a reactor building at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan may have exposed fuel rods and caused them to melt, the owner of the facility said Thursday.  Tokyo Electric Power Co. blamed the incident on a faulty gauge that monitors the water level in the pressure vessel in the No. 1 reactor building."

You can read the article here

 
Fukushima Is a Ticking Time-Bomb PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update

Physicist Michio Kaku weighs in on the dangers surrounding the Fukushima nuclear disaster and suggests it may take thirty-years or more for the area to be cleaned up.

You can watch the interview here.

The webpage also includes a link to a 1985 documentary on the Daiichi plant.

 
Fukushima Expo Site Turned Shelter PDF Print E-mail
Japanese Update
A Japanese news site, RocketNews24, brings a report about an Expo site that is serving as a shelter for displaced residents of Fukushima.  "Koriyama city lies near the center of Fukushima prefecture and 58 km from the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Radiation levels in the city have hovered around 2 mSv since March, and residents remain uneasy as the nuclear crisis drags on.

Even more can be said for the nearly 3,000 people in shelters in Koriyama who were forced to evacuate their homes. Furthermore, around 2,000 of these people are living under the same roof: Big Palette Fukushima, a five-story, 50,000 m² exhibition center."

You can read the full story here.

 
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