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TEPCO asked to consider coming under temporary state control (Japan Today)

TOKYO —The government on Tuesday floated the idea of putting the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant under temporary state control, as it asked for $8.9 billion more in compensation aid. … Read entire article »

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Conflict over handling nuclear crisis revealed(Japan Times)

Conflict over handling nuclear crisis revealed(Japan Times)

By REIJI YOSHIDA: Staff writer: Masao Yoshida, general manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, believed the worst-case scenario — the “China syndrome” — might be near and he braced for death during the late-night hours of March 14, three days after the crisis started. … Read entire article »

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Gov’t should play leading role in decommissioning crippled nuclear reactors(The Mainichi Daily News)

Gov’t should play leading role in decommissioning crippled nuclear reactors(The Mainichi Daily News)

The government should play a leading role in decommissioning nuclear reactors at the tsunami-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant to ensure the work progresses as quickly as possible. It is expected to take up to 40 years to decommission and dismantle the reactors at the plant, unprecedentedly long work, according to a plan worked out by the national government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). … Read entire article »

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Hitachi, NTT Group To Help Build Smart City In Sendai(Nikkei)

SENDAI (Nikkei)–Hitachi Ltd. (6501) and four Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (9432) group firms will work together to create a smart, eco-friendly city in an area devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami, The Nikkei learned Wednesday. … Read entire article »

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TEPCO to raise electricity bills for corporate users(Japan Today)

TEPCO to raise electricity bills for corporate users(Japan Today)

TOKYO —The Japanese utility behind the nuclear plant hobbled by the March tsunami said Thursday that electricity bills must go up for corporate users to cover costs of switching to other forms of power. Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said it must compensate those evacuated for radiation risks, as well as the massive costs for shutting down the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. … Read entire article »

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Fukushima fuel removal deadline set at 10 years(Japan Times)

By KAZUAKI NAGATA: Staff writer: Tepco aims to start removing spent fuel rods from the Fukushima plant’s wrecked reactors within two years, and extracting the melted fuel in the containment vessels within 10 years, according to a medium- to long-term road map for decommissioning the facility released Wednesday. … Read entire article »

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