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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…

Japanese economy in dire condition

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s economy is in a “severe condition” with no quick recovery in sight following a triple disaster triggered by the March 11 earthquake that has sent service-sector sentiment plummeting the most on record, the government said on Friday. While Japan confronts the economic impact of the disaster,…

Tokyo Electric says $24 billion loans not enough

TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electric Power warned on Wednesday that a $24 billion bank loan was not enough to keep it afloat and pay for Japan’s worst nuclear disaster, adding to expectations the government will step in to bail out the stricken company. Asia’s largest utility, whose share price has crashed nearly…

Workers exposed to 10,000 times safe radiation: Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan said on Friday that workers who suffered burns while trying to cool a crippled reactor were exposed to radiation levels 10,000 times higher than expected, adding evidence that the crucial containment vessel for nuclear fuel had been ruptured. That could mean a serious reversal after days…

Japan reports progress at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan saw some success in its race to avert disaster at a tsunami-damaged power plant, though minor radiation leaks underlined perils from the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl 25 years ago. Three hundred engineers have been battling inside a danger zone to salvage the six-reactor Fukushima…

Status of spent nuclear fuel in question at crippled Japanese power plant

Concerns about a radiation release from the Fukushima Daiichi power facility have focused on its stricken nuclear reactors, but the plants of that design also store highly radioactive spent fuel in pools outside the protective containment structure that surrounds the reactor itself. Opponents of nuclear power have warned for years…

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