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Fish Hauls Down 60% For Disaster-Hit Ports In ’11(Nikkei)

TOKYO (Nikkei)–Major fishing ports in the hardest-hit three prefectures from the March 11 disaster saw a 60% drop in overall hauls in 2011 from the previous year. … Read entire article »

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Scientists studying effects of radiation on flora, fauna in Fukushima (Japan Today)

Scientists studying effects of radiation on flora, fauna in Fukushima (Japan Today)

Scientists are studying how radiation has affected plants and animals living near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, an official said Monday. … Read entire article »

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Hosono apologizes to Minamata disease victims over delay in redress(Japan Times)

MINAMATA, Kumamoto Pref. — Environment Minister Goshi Hosono on Sunday apologized for the time it is taking to wrap up the issue of providing relief measures for uncertified patients of Minamata disease. … Read entire article »

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Chemical giant BASF flees Europe – no bad potatoes here please!(Greenpeace)

Chemical giant BASF flees Europe – no bad potatoes here please!(Greenpeace)

The biggest chemical company in the world, BASF, is moving to the US because Europeans don’t want its genetically engineered potatoes. Just days ago, the company announced its decision to move its main laboratory for the development of genetically engineered (GE) crops to the US. … Read entire article »

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IAEA begins inspection of nuclear power plant in Fukui(Japan Today)

OHI —Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday began their first inspection of a Japanese nuclear power plant that has undergone official “stress tests” – a key step required to restart dozens of nuclear plants idled in the wake of the Fukushima crisis. … Read entire article »

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Radioactive gravel tied to more prefabs(Japan Times)

FUKUSHIMA — It is highly likely that radiation-tainted gravel quarried near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was used to build three temporary housing complexes in Fukushima Prefecture, sources said Wednesday. … Read entire article »

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