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Apr 18, 2011

Clinton pledges Japan support, TEPCO pledges shutdown

TOKYO (Reuters) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Japan Sunday to remain active on the world stage and pledged support for Washington’s key ally in East Asia as the operator of a stricken nuclear plant finally set out a timeline to shut it down.

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said it hoped to achieve a cold shutdown of the plant that was crippled in the March 11 quake and tsunami — effectively making the reactors safe and stable — within six to nine months.

Apr 17, 2011

Clinton pledges Japan support as PM Kan calls for “rebirth”

TOKYO, April 17 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton on Sunday urged Japan to remain active on the world
stage as it grappled with a nuclear crisis in the wake of a
deadly earthquake and tsunami and she pledged support for
Washington’s key ally in East Asia.

Clinton also said Japan and the United States had agreed to
create a “public-private partnership for reconstruction” under
the guidance of Japan’s government, and that U.S. firms and
organisations would begin discussing how they can support Japan
as it comes through the crisis.

Apr 13, 2011

TEPCO still working on plan to end Japan nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear plant said on Wednesday it was still working on a detailed plan to end the country’s nuclear crisis a month after it began, as tests showed radiation levels in the sea near the plant had spiked.

Engineers moved a step closer to emptying highly radioactive water from one of the six crippled reactors, which would allow them to start repairing the cooling system crucial to regaining control of the reactors.

Apr 11, 2011

Japan PM weakened by local election losses, nuclear woes

TOKYO, April 11 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s
ruling party suffered embarrassing losses in weekend local
elections after the Japanese leader came under fire over a
nuclear disaster, further weakening his clout and bolstering
rivals who want him to quit once the crisis ends.

Among the victors was the outspoken nationalist incumbent
governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, who won a fourth term
despite having said the deadly earthquake and tsunami that
triggered the nuclear crisis was “divine punishment”.

Apr 11, 2011

Japan set to extend nuclear evacuation zone

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to extend the evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of high radiation levels, local media reported on Monday, with engineers no closer to regaining control of six reactors hit by a giant tsunami one month ago.

Concern at Japan’s inability contain its nuclear crisis, caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is mounting with Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ruling party suffering embarrassing losses in local elections on Sunday and neighboring China and South Korea voicing criticism.

Apr 11, 2011

Japan set to extend nuclear evacuation zone-media

TOKYO, April 11 (Reuters) – Japan plans to extend the
evacuation zone around its crippled nuclear plant because of
high radiation levels, local media reported on Monday, with
engineers no closer to regaining control of six reactors hit by
a giant tsunami one month ago.

Concern at Japan’s inability contain its nuclear crisis,
caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami, is mounting with
Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s ruling party suffering embarrassing
losses in local elections on Sunday and neighbouring China and
South Korea voicing criticism.

Apr 10, 2011

Japan ready to stop pumping radioactive water into sea

TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) – Japanese engineers hope to stop
pumping radioactive water into the sea on Sunday and start
moving more highly contaminated water out of a crippled nuclear
reactor – a key step in gaining access and restoring the
critical cooling system.

An unmanned drone helicopter is scheduled to fly over four
reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, north of Tokyo, to
video the extent of damage in areas where workers are unable to
safely enter due to high radiation.

Apr 9, 2011

Japan’s reactor operator apologises for radiation

TOKYO, April 10 (Reuters) – A Japanese power company
executive apologised for spreading radiation into the air and
sea as regulators said the pumping of radioactive water into
waters off Japan from a crippled nuclear plant would end on
Sunday, one day later than planned.

The apology from Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) (9501.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)
came a day after China and South Korea expressed concern at the
discharge of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant
smashed by last month’s earthquake, reflecting growing
international unease over the month-long nuclear crisis.

Apr 9, 2011

Japan’s reactor operator apologises for radiation release

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese power company executive apologised on Saturday for spreading radiation into the air and sea as regulators said the pumping of radioactive water into waters off Japan from a crippled nuclear plant would end one day later than planned.

The apology from Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) came a day after China and South Korea expressed concern at the discharge of contaminated water from the Fukushima Daiichi plant smashed by last month’s earthquake, reflecting growing international unease over the month-long nuclear crisis.

Apr 8, 2011

Japan to stop pumping radioactive water into sea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan expects to stop pumping radioactive water into the sea from a crippled nuclear plant on Saturday, a day after China expressed concern at the action, reflecting growing international unease at the month-long nuclear crisis.

“The emptying out of the relatively low radiation water is expected to finish tomorrow (Saturday),” a Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) official said late on Friday.

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