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Second Fukushima plant unlikely to reopen

TOKYO — Japan’s new industry minister has acknowledged it will be difficult to restart the companion nuclear plant to the one at the heart of the country’s atomic crisis, media reports said. The Fukushima Daini (number two) nuclear complex is about 12 kilometres (seven miles) from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi…

Japan to set up new nuclear watchdog

TOKYO — Japan will set up a new nuclear regulator under the environment ministry in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, in a bid to give the watchdog more teeth, media reported Friday. The existing Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) has been criticised following the March 11 disaster for…

UN atomic watchdog head lauds Fukushima cleanup

TOKYO (Reuters) – Cleanup work at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant is proceeding smoothly and the prospects are good for bringing it under control, the head of the U.N. atomic watchdog said Monday after a visit to the crisis-hit plant. Japan said last week that it was on track with…

70% in Japan support PM’s nuclear-free future: poll

Seventy percent of the Japanese public supports centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s policy to make the country nuclear free in future but most people still want him to quit, a poll said Sunday. The weekend survey conducted by Kyodo News agency showed 70.3 percent support Kan’s policy of ending nuclear…

Japan braces for potential radiation catastrophe

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan faced a potential catastrophe on Tuesday after a quake-crippled nuclear power plant exploded and sent low levels of radiation floating toward Tokyo, prompting some people to flee the capital and others to stock up on essential supplies. Prime Minister Naoto Kan urged people within 30 km…

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