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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…

New cyber attack on Japan parliament

Japan’s parliament has come under cyber attack again, apparently from the same emails linked to a China-based server that have already hit several lawmakers’ computers, an official said Wednesday. Malicious emails were found on computers used in the upper chamber of the Japanese parliament, a government spokesman said. “The upper…

Japan lifts ban on beef following radiation scare

TOKYO — Japan on Thursday lifted bans on beef from disaster-hit regions, a month after imposing restrictions over fears thousands of cattle had been contaminated in the Fukushima nuclear accident. Bans on beef from Iwate, Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures were lifted after effective safety measures protecting livestock from contamination had…

Japanese ban on radioactive beef widens

Japan widened a ban on beef to cattle from a second tsunami-hit region Thursday, citing elevated radiation levels in the meat of animals because of the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis. Almost 3,000 cattle feared tainted with radioactive caesium have been shipped nationwide, slaughtered and sold after the animals were fed rice straw exposed…

Japan’s TEPCO plea for debt forgiveness draws ire

TOKYO (AFP) – Japanese government remarks calling on lenders to forgive some of Tokyo Electric Power’s debt have sparked acrimony and confusion, and illustrate difficulties in addressing a nuclear crisis, say analysts. Corporate leaders have rounded on comments from Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano that banks may have to waive…

Japan PM declares no-go zone around nuclear plant

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan on Thursday banned people from going within 20 kilometres (12 miles) of the tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, which has been leaking radiation for nearly six weeks. The ban, which gives legal weight to an existing exclusion zone, comes after police found more than 60 families living…

Japan expands nuclear evacuation zone as new quake hits

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Monday expanded the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high levels of accumulated radiation, as a strong aftershock rattled the area one month after a quake and tsunami sparked the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl. A magnitude 7.1 tremor shook buildings in Tokyo and…

Japan mulls Fukushima food sale ban

VIENNA (Reuters) – Japan is considering whether to halt sales of food products from near a crippled nuclear plant because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk, the U.N. atomic agency said. “There is an investigation into the possible need to stop food sales,” Graham Andrew, a senior…

Japan halts sale of food from near Fukushima

VIENNA (Reuters) – Japan has halted sales of food products from near a crippled nuclear plant because of contamination by a radioactive element which can pose a short-term health risk, the U.N. atomic agency said on Saturday. In what it called another “critical” measure to counter contamination of food, the…

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