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JAPEX mulls commercial shale oil output (Japan News)

JAPEX mulls commercial shale oil output (Japan News)

AKITA (Jiji Press)–Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. has said it is considering commercial production of shale oil after succeeding in an output test at an oil field in Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9.Energy

Incredible stories that should not be forgotten (Japan Times)

Incredible stories that should not be forgotten (Japan Times)

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Foreign journalists charged with covering Japan’s devastating March 2011 disasters faced an enormous challenge: sensitively expressing the human tragedy while accurately assessing the vast amount of real-time data on the crisis. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Highly Tainted Water, 2.35 Billion Becquerels of Cesium per Liter, Detected at Fukushima N-Plant Basement (JIJI)

Highly Tainted Water, 2.35 Billion Becquerels of Cesium per Liter, Detected at Fukushima N-Plant Basement (JIJI)

Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)–Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday it has detected high levels of radioactive substances in water taken from the basement of the turbine building of the No. 2 reactor at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Costs of Arctic methane release could approach value of global economy – study(Alert Net)

Costs of Arctic methane release could approach value of global economy – study(Alert Net)

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Methane emissions from melting permafrost beneath the East Siberian Arctic Shelf could drive rapid climate change that would cause damage close to the $70 trillion value of the 2012 world economy, researchers say. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon

Time for TEPCO to stop dodging responsibility for radioactive water leak (Mainichi)

Time for TEPCO to stop dodging responsibility for radioactive water leak (Mainichi)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, has admitted there is ground water contaminated with highly radioactive substances from the plant leaking into the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO officials said the leak “will have no effect on the coast,” but it may very well cause yet greater economic damage to northeastern Japan by feeding public worries about local products. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

1,000-yen Mt Fuji climbing fee begins on voluntary basis(Japan Today)

1,000-yen Mt Fuji climbing fee begins on voluntary basis(Japan Today)

TOKYO —The Shizuoka and Yamanashi prefectural governments on Thursday began accepting a voluntary 1,000 yen climbing fee on Mt Fuji for a trial period. … Read entire article »

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