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Japan bans Fukushima rice for radiation

Japan on Thursday announced its first ban on rice produced near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant after samples showed radioactive contamination well above legal limits. The findings will further worry nervous consumers, already fretting over the safety of domestic produce, despite its previous solid safety reputation. Authorities in Fukushima…

Japan restarts first nuclear plant since disaster

A nuclear reactor in southern Japan was to begin producing electricity again on Wednesday, its operator company said, in the first restart of a stalled atomic power plant since the Fukushima disaster. Operations at the reactor began late on Tuesday, Kyushu Electric Power said, less than a month after the…

German artist to buy defunct power plant

BERLIN — German contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer said Sunday he planned to snap up a mothballed atomic power plant in the belief that Germany’s nuclear history should be preserved for future generations. In an interview with news weekly Der Spiegel, Kiefer said he was buying “at least the cooling tower”…

Tokyo radiation caused by ‘old radium bottles’

A Tokyo radiation hotspot was not linked to the Fukushima nuclear crisis, Japanese authorities concluded Friday after finding old containers of radium powder likely used for luminous paint. As researchers carry out more stringent tests to map how far contamination has spread from the crippled Fukushima atomic power plant, local…

UN chief visits Japan nuclear disaster zone

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Monday pledged the world body’s solidarity with Japan after its quake, tsunami and nuclear disasters and encouraged radiation evacuees to “hang in there”. Travelling in the disaster-struck northeast, Ban became one of the most senior foreign leaders to visit the region close to the crippled…

UN chief heads to Japan as nuclear crisis simmers

UN chief Ban Ki-moon arrives in Japan on Sunday, where he plans to visit the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone, as the crippled atomic power plant simmers and a food safety scare deepens. The secretary-general will visit hard-hit Fukushima prefecture on Sunday evening as one of the most senior foreign leaders…

Fukushima protesters urge end to nuclear power

TOKYO — An estimated 1,700 people rallied in the capital of Japan’s Fukushima region, home to a crippled atomic power plant, on Sunday, calling for an end to nuclear energy, local media reported. “Abolish all the nuclear power plants!” and “Give radiation-free Fukushima back to us,” the demonstrators chanted as…

Atomic power to grow despite Fukushima: UN nuclear watchdog

The head of the UN atomic watchdog said Tuesday that nuclear power will keep growing in the world despite the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, which he visited the previous day. Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was speaking after meeting Japan’s Prime Minister…

Over 2,000 rally against nuclear plants in Taiwan

TAIPEI – Around 2,000 anti-nuclear protesters demonstrated in Taiwan on Sunday, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of an atomic power plant. The march comes amid a crisis in Japan after a huge quake on March 11 unleashed a tsunami which crippled an atomic plant 250 kilometres (155 miles)…

Stuxnet a threat to critical industries worldwide

The Stuxnet worm that infiltrated nuclear facilities in Iran poses a threat to critical industries worldwide, from water and power plants to auto manufacturers, cybersecurity experts warned Wednesday. Sean McGurk, the acting director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), described Stuxnet in testimony…

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