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Apr 7, 2011

Japan’s neighbors alarmed over risk of radiation threat

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s neighbors sounded increasingly alarmed over the risk of radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, while figures showed the number of foreign visitors to the country had slumped during what should be the peak tourism season.

The world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years is also raising concerns over safety in the United States, which has more atomic reactors than any other country, especially at one plant which is similar to the one in Fukushima wrecked by last month’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Apr 7, 2011

Japan’s neighbours take fright over radiation threat from nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s neighbours sounded increasingly alarmed over the risk of radiation from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, while figures showed the number of foreign visitors to the country had slumped during what should be the peak tourism season.

The world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years is also raising concerns over safety in the United States, which has more atomic reactors than any other country, especially at one plant which is similar to the one in Fukushima wrecked by last month’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake and tsunami.

Apr 7, 2011

Japan focuses on hydrogen buildup after nuclear leak

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan pumped nitrogen gas into a crippled nuclear reactor on Thursday, trying to prevent an explosive buildup of hydrogen gas as the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 25 years stirred atomic safety debate and inspections in the United States.

Engineers worked through the night injecting nitrogen into the containment vessel of reactor No.1 at Fukushima Daiichi power plant, following success in stopping highly radioactive water leaking into the sea at another reactor in the complex.

Apr 7, 2011

Japan focuses on hydrogen buildup after nuclear leak stopped

TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) – Japan pumped nitrogen gas into a
crippled nuclear reactor on Thursday, trying to prevent an
explosive buildup of hydrogen gas as the world’s worst nuclear
disaster in 25 years stirred atomic safety debate and
inspections in the United States.

Engineers worked through the night injecting nitrogen into
the containment vessel of reactor No.1 at Fukushima Daiichi
power plant, following success in stopping highly radioactive
water leaking into the sea at another reactor in the complex.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops nuclear plant leak; crisis far from over

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant and acknowledged it could have given more information to neighboring countries about contamination in the ocean.

Despite the breakthrough in plugging the leak at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, engineers need to pump 11.5 million liters (11,500 tons) of contaminated water back into the ocean because they have run out of storage space at the facility. The water was used to cool over-heated fuel rods.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops nuclear plant leak, still pumps radioactive water into sea

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea on Wednesday from a crippled nuclear plant, a breakthrough in the battle to contain the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl, but contaminated water was still be pumped into the ocean.

Analysts said the damaged reactors, whose fuel rods operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) is desperately trying to cool, were still not under control almost a month after they were hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops leaks from nuclear plant – facility

TOKYO (Reuters) – Engineers have stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, the facility’s operator said on Wednesday, a breakthrough in the battle to contain the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

However, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) still needs to pump low-level contaminated water into the sea because of a lack of storage space at the facility.

Apr 6, 2011

Japan stops leaks from nuclear plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – Engineers have stopped highly radioactive water leaking into the sea from a crippled Japanese nuclear power plant, the facility’s operator said on Wednesday, a breakthrough in the battle to contain the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.

However, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) still needs to pump contaminated water into the sea because of a lack of storage space at the facility.

Apr 5, 2011

Japan stops leaks from nuclear plant – facility operator

TOKYO, April 6 (Reuters) – Engineers have stopped
highly radioactive water leaking into the sea from a crippled
Japanese nuclear power plant, the facility’s operator said on
Wednesday, a breakthrough in
the battle to contain the worst nuclear
crisis since Chernobyl.

However, Tokyo Electric Power
(TEPCO) still needs to
pump contaminated water into the sea because of a lack of
storage space at the facility.

Apr 5, 2011

Radioactive water at 5 million times limit found at Japan plant

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant said on Tuesday it had found water with 5 million times the legal limit of radioactivity inside a reactor as it struggles for a fourth week to contain the world’s biggest nuclear disaster in quarter of a century.

Underlining the concern over spreading radiation, the government said it was considering imposing radioactivity restrictions on seafood for the first time in the crisis after contaminated fish were found in seas well south of the damaged nuclear reactors.

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      "I am based in Tokyo, covering Japan's political and general news, ranging from politics, diplomacy/defence to cultural and social issues. Before moving to my current position, I specialised in Japan's economic policy and macroeconomic news for about 10 years, with a concentration in reporting daily policy developments at Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Japan and other economic agencies."
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