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TEPCO to miss March target for Fukushima toxic water cleanup(Mainichi)

TEPCO to miss March target for Fukushima toxic water cleanup(Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will fail to fulfill its commitment to process by the end of March all highly radioactive water stored at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant due mainly to equipment troubles, causing further delay in the decommissioning process. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident

Emperor’s lyric celebrates rice (Japan News)

Emperor’s lyric celebrates rice (Japan News)

At the annual New Year Poetry Reading Ceremony at the Imperial Palace on Wednesday, the Emperor depicted an autumn day when he was reaping rice by hand at the approach of evening in a field on the Imperial Palace Grounds. … Read entire article »

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Polar bears migrate to Northwest Passages for longer lasting ice(AlertNet)

Polar bears migrate to Northwest Passages for longer lasting ice(AlertNet)

By Steve Quinn:  JUNEAU, Jan 13 (Reuters) – Some polar bear clusters have slowly moved to islands north of Canada’s mainland that are retaining the Arctic ice for longer, according to a new scientific study that predicts the migration, linked to climate change, would continue. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5.Climate Change & Carbon

Gov’t designated 382 state secrets last year under new law(Japan Today)

Gov’t designated 382 state secrets last year under new law(Japan Today)

TOKYO —The Japanese government designated 382 cases as being subject to the new state secrets law as of the end of 2014. … Read entire article »

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Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off? (Japan Times)

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off? (Japan Times)

Industries are increasingly pressing pushing for the adoption of hydrogen fuel technology because they sense potential market opportunities worldwide. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 9.Energy

Town near wrecked Fukushima No. 1 plant to host 30-year radioactive dump(JIJI)

Town near wrecked Fukushima No. 1 plant to host 30-year radioactive dump(JIJI)

IWAKI, FUKUSHIMA PREF. – An irradiated, abandoned town adjacent to the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has agreed to let the central government build a dump there which will house contaminated waste for as long as three decades, the town’s mayor said Tuesday. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 8.Eathquake & Nuclear accident