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Niigata short of iodine tablets for some residents near nuclear plant

The Niigata Prefecture government has failed to procure additional iodine tablets for all residents to protect their thyroids from radiation in the event of a severe nuclear plant accident, local government officials said Wednesday. In response to the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear plant accident, the Nuclear Regulation Authority in 2012 expanded the zone requiring iodine tablet preparation from a 10-kilometer radius from a nuclear plant to a 30-km radius, and the scope of residents covered from those aged below 40 to everyone in July last year.

TEPCO says Aug. water leak from tank was far more contaminated

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that toxic water found to have leaked last August at one of the huge tanks at the accident-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was far more contaminated than initially announced. After recalculating the radiation level, TEPCO said the water contained 280 million becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive materials such as strontium-90, instead of 80 million becquerels.

79 US sailors sue Japanese utility over radiation exposure from post-tsunami nuclear meltdown

SAN DIEGO - Nearly 80 U.S. sailors are seeking $1 billion from the Tokyo utility that operates the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, alleging the company lied about the high level of radiation in the area where they were carrying out a humanitarian mission after a tsunami that touched off a nuclear crisis three years ago.

TEPCO eyes facilitating plant decommissioning with new in-house firm

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday it will seek to coordinate the protracted, difficult decommissioning process for the accident-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant through a newly launched internal body. The body, called the Fukushima Daiichi Decontamination & Decommissioning Engineering Company, was established Tuesday, with three representatives from Japanese nuclear plant manufacturers, such as Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd. and Toshiba Corp., to serve as its vice presidents.

Japan may only be able to restart one-third of its nuclear reactors

By Mari Saito, Aaron Sheldrick and Kentaro Hamada TOKYO (Reuters) - Three years after the Fukushima disaster prompted the closure of all Japan's nuclear reactors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive nuclear power as a core part of the energy mix, but many of those idled reactors will never come back online.

Some 860,000 new recruits in Japan mark 1st day at work

Some 860,000 new recruits at companies across Japan marked their first day of work Tuesday, the starting day of the country's fiscal 2014. Central and local governments as well as many private-sector companies held welcome ceremonies for the new recruits.

Fukushima plant groundwater dumping in sea to begin in May or later

The planned dumping in the sea of groundwater at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex will start in May or later, the industry minister said Sunday. Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant crippled by the March 2011 quake and tsunamis, has not said when a system to move groundwater to the nearby sea will start operating.

1 worker dies in accident at Fukushima nuclear plant

One worker at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant died Friday in an accident in which he was buried under falling sand and concrete debris while digging a hole, the plant operator and police said. It was the first death of a worker engaged in containing a nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant that started in March 2011, according to the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. The utility said it will suspend the whole operation within the complex Saturday for safety checking.

1 worker dies in accident at Fukushima nuclear plant

One worker at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant died Friday in an accident in which he was buried under falling sand and concrete debris while digging a hole, the plant operator and police said. It was the first death of a worker engaged in containing a nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant that started in March 2011, according to the operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. The utility said it will suspend the whole operation within the complex Saturday for safety checking.

Fukushima worker killed in accident, cleanup halted

By Mari Saito TOKYO (Reuters) - A worker at Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant died on Friday after being buried under gravel while digging a ditch, prompting the operator to suspend cleanup work for safety checks. Tokyo Electric Power Co said it was the first time a laborer had died as a direct result of an accident inside the plant since the nuclear disaster in March 2011, the world's worst since Chernobyl in 1986.
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