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Conditions at No. 1 no better: official (Japan Times)

Conditions at No. 1 no better: official (Japan Times)

A government official involved in measures to combat the toxic water buildup at Fukushima No. 1 emphasized the importance of improving working conditions for the roughly 6,000 workers at the crippled nuclear plant during a recent media tour. … Read entire article »

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Radiation near nuke plant could be reduced below 20 millisieverts in 2021: gov’t (Mainichi)

Radiation near nuke plant could be reduced below 20 millisieverts in 2021: gov’t (Mainichi)

The government has estimated that decontamination work could cut the annual radiation dose in specified areas near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant from around 100 millisieverts to less than 20 millisieverts in 2021. … Read entire article »

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The West doesn’t need nuclear for energy independence (ALJAZEERA America)

The West doesn’t need nuclear for energy independence (ALJAZEERA America)

by Paul Hockenos:  Some of the most confounding problems of our day — global warming and the West’s energy dependence on Russia and the Middle East — appear to President Barack Obama and some of Europe’s leaders to have an obvious answer: more nuclear power. A May 2014 EU Commission study on Europe’s energy security after the Ukraine crisis insists it’s going to be a big part of the solution. … Read entire article »

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Japan eyes switch to dry storage of spent nuclear fuel (Nikkei)

Japan eyes switch to dry storage of spent nuclear fuel (Nikkei)

TOKYO — The Japanese government plans to encourage utilities to store spent nuclear fuel in containers cooled by air instead of in pools of water, a technique whose flaws were exposed by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident, The Nikkei learned Thursday. … Read entire article »

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Full-scale inspection begins at Hamaoka nuclear plant (Japan Today)

Full-scale inspection begins at Hamaoka nuclear plant (Japan Today)

SHIZUOKA —The Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has begun a full-scale investigation into the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture. … Read entire article »

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Ending Japan’s sexism requires men to lean in, too (Japan Times)

Ending Japan’s sexism requires men to lean in, too (Japan Times)

Ayaka Shiomura’s tears show why Shinzo Abe’s talk of empowering Japan’s women is still more hot air than policy. … Read entire article »

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