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New Fukushima danger zone designations allow residents to visit former homes

New Fukushima danger zone designations allow residents to visit former homes

TOKYO —The Fukushima town of Tomioka on Monday became the eighth location near the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nucear power plant to be redesignated as part of a government plan to speed up reconstruction. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Hiroshima Court Rules the December Election Invalid (WSJ)

Hiroshima Court Rules the December Election Invalid (WSJ)

In a landmark ruling Monday, a Hiroshima court ruled the results of the December lower-house election invalid in two districts due to the disproportionate weighting of votes in those districts. … Read entire article »

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Mitsubishi invests in Italian solar power firm(JIJI)

Mitsubishi invests in Italian solar power firm(JIJI)

Trading house Mitsubishi Corp. and the government-backed investment fund Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) said Tuesday they have jointly invested in an Italian solar power company. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon, 9.Energy, unclassified

Many local gov’ts near nuke plants miss anti-disaster planning deadline: survey

Many local gov’ts near nuke plants miss anti-disaster planning deadline: survey

Many local governments near nuclear power plants failed to complete nuclear disaster response plans by the central government-imposed March 18 deadline, according to a Mainichi survey. … Read entire article »

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Hamaoka N-Plant to Have 22-Meter Tsunami Barrier in Dec.(JIJI)

Hamaoka N-Plant to Have 22-Meter Tsunami Barrier in Dec.(JIJI)

Tokyo, March 18 (Jiji Press)–Chubu Electric Power Co. <9502> is scheduled to complete in December a seawall 22 meters high and 1.6 kilometers long at its Hamaoka nuclear plant in central Japan to prevent inundation by a huge tsunami caused by an anticipated megaquake in the Nankai Trough in the Pacific. … Read entire article »

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¥220 trillion hit seen from Nankai quake M9 temblor bill excludes fallout (Japan Times)

¥220 trillion hit seen from Nankai quake   M9 temblor bill excludes fallout  (Japan Times)

A 9.0-magnitude temblor with an epicenter in the Nankai Trough off central and western Japan would cause about ¥220 trillion in damage, more than twice the entire fiscal 2013 budget, a Cabinet Office panel said Monday. … Read entire article »

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