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Apr 5, 2011

Japan’s nuclear plant operator pays “condolence money”

TOKYO (Reuters) – The operator of Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant started paying “condolence money” on Tuesday to victims of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl while it kept pouring radioactive water into the sea.

In desperation, engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi plant have turned to what are little more than home remedies to stem the flow of contaminated water. On Tuesday, they used “liquid glass” in the hope of plugging cracks in a leaking concrete pit.

Apr 5, 2011

Japan seeks Russian help to end nuclear crisis

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has asked Russia to send a floating radiation treatment plant, used to decommission nuclear submarines, which will solidify contaminated liquid waste from the country’s crippled nuclear power plant, Russian media reported.

Engineers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant have been forced to release radioactive water into the sea until Friday and have resorted to desperate measures to contain the damage, such as using bath salts as a dye to try to locate the source of leaks at the complex 240 km (150 miles) north of Tokyo.

Apr 4, 2011

Japan’s TEPCO told to hurry to stop radiation leaks, tries bath salts

TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s government on Monday told
the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to move
quickly to stop radiation seeping into the ocean as desperate
engineers resorted to bath salts to help trace a leak from one
reactor.

One official has warned it could take months before the
nuclear crisis caused by a March 11 earthquake and tsunami is
under control.

Apr 3, 2011

Japan says it may take months to end radiation leaks

TOKYO, April 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s government warned on
Sunday it may take months to stop radiation leaking from a
nuclear plant crippled by a huge earthquake and tsunami three
weeks ago, as more bodies were recovered in devastated areas of
northeast Japan.

An aide to embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the
government’s priority was to stop radiation leaks which were
scaring the public and hindering work on cooling overheated
nuclear fuel rods.

Apr 3, 2011

Japan nuclear struggle focuses on cracked reactor pit

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese officials grappling on Sunday to end the world’s worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl tried to seal a crack that has been leaking radiation into the ocean from a crippled reactor.

An aide to embattled Prime Minister Naoto Kan said the government’s main task now was to stop the radiation leaks that are spooking the population and scaring away tourists.

Apr 1, 2011

Japan plans to bail out stricken nuclear plant operator – media

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to take control of Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the country’s stricken nuclear plant, in the face of mounting public concerns over the crisis and a huge potential compensation bill, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Shares of the company, also known as TEPCO, fell as much as 10 percent after the Mainichi newspaper said the government plans to inject public funds into the firm, although it is unlikely to take more than a 50 percent stake.

Apr 1, 2011

Japan plans to bail out stricken nuclear plant operator: report

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan plans to take control of Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the country’s stricken nuclear plant, in the face of mounting public concerns over the crisis and a huge potential compensation bill, a newspaper reported on Friday.

Shares of the company, also known as TEPCO, fell as much as 10 percent after the Mainichi newspaper said the government plans to inject public funds into the firm, although it is unlikely to take more than a 50 percent stake.

Apr 1, 2011

Japan to take control of Tokyo Electric – report

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan will take control of Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the operator of a stricken nuclear plant, in the face of mounting public concerns over the crisis and a huge potential compensation bill, a domestic newspaper reported on Friday.

Shares of the company, also known as TEPCO, opened up more than 6 percent after the Mainichi newspaper said the government plans to inject public funds into the firm, although it is unlikely to take more than a 50 percent stake.

Mar 31, 2011

Japan to take control of Tokyo Electric Power: report

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s government plans to take control of Tokyo Electric Power Co (9501.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the operator of a stricken nuclear power plant, by injecting public funds, the Mainichi newspaper said on Friday.

But the government is unlikely to take more than a 50 percent stake in the company, an unnamed government official was quoted by the daily as saying.

Mar 31, 2011

Japan to take control of Tokyo Electric Power – media

TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) – Japan’s government plans to take
control of Tokyo Electric Power Co , the operator of a
stricken nuclear power plant, by injecting public funds, the
Mainichi newspaper said on Friday.

But the government is unlikely to take more than a 50
percent stake in the company, an unnamed government official was
quoted by the daily as saying.

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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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