Prefectures of Japan http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29866/all en Tepco gets approval for $7.5 bln more compensation funds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/tepco-gets-approval-75-bln-more-compensation-funds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Fukushima nuclear plant operator Tokyo] Electric Power Co on Monday received approval to tap the Japanese government for $7.5 billion more funds to compensate those harmed by the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.</p> <p>Tepco issued a statement saying the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry had approved the utility's request to increase compensation by 697 billion yen ($7.5 billion), or 22 percent, to 3.24 trillion yen.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/tepco-gets-approval-75-bln-more-compensation-funds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Fukushima Prefecture Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:30:25 +0000 5745171 at http://www.globalpost.com Fukushima survivors to sue Japan government http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/fukushima-survivors-sue-japan-government <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>People whose homes or farms were hit by radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant will file class-action lawsuits next month to seek damages from the Japanese government, lawyers said Friday.</p> <p>At least 350 residents are to file a case with Fukushima District Court on March 11, the second anniversary of the disaster, the lawyers said, describing it as the largest class-action on the issue against the state.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/fukushima-survivors-sue-japan-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Prefecture Politics Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 07:00:43 +0000 5749705 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan stages rally over disputed islands with S. Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/japan-stages-rally-over-disputed-islands-s-korea <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan held an annual rally on Friday over Tokyo's claim to a set of tiny islands controlled by South Korea, which has been at the centre of a long-standing territorial feud.</p> <p>Some 500 people flocked to the event in Shimane prefecture in western Japan, including the highest-ranking Japanese government official ever to attend and local and national politicians.</p> <p>Seoul reacted angrily to the rally and the expected presence of Aiko Shimajiri, a parliamentary secretary in Tokyo's Cabinet Office, with foreign ministry spokesman Cho Tai-Young describing it as "greatly regrettable".</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/japan-stages-rally-over-disputed-islands-s-korea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Political geography Prefectures of Japan Social Issues AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 06:45:30 +0000 5762983 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan stages rally over disputed islands with S. Korea http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/japan-stages-rally-over-disputed-islands-s-korea-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan held an annual rally on Friday over Tokyo's claim to a set of tiny islands controlled by South Korea, which has been at the centre of a long-standing territorial feud.</p> <p>Some 500 people flocked to the event in Shimane prefecture in western Japan, including the highest-ranking Japanese government official ever to attend and local and national politicians.</p> <p>South Korea, which had urged Tokyo to cancel the rally, reacted angrily and hundreds of activists shouting anti-Japanese slogans demonstrated outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/japan-stages-rally-over-disputed-islands-s-korea-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Geography of Asia Political geography Prefectures of Japan Social Issues AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 08:16:02 +0000 5763027 at http://www.globalpost.com Cancer risks higher in worst hit Fukushima area-WHO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/blank-headline-received-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - People in the area worst contaminated by radioactive material released by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident two years ago have a higher risk of developing certain cancers over their lifetime, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/blank-headline-received-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Fukushima Prefecture Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:45:13 +0000 5769465 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-Cancer risks higher in worst hit Fukushima area-WHO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/refile-update-1-cancer-risks-higher-worst-hit-fukushima-area-wh <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Girls at greater risk of thyroid cancer - report</p> <p>* Report finds increased risk of breast cancer, leukaemia</p> <p>* Small additional risk of contracting cancer - expert</p> <p>* WHO urges further monitoring, health-care follow up</p> <p>GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - People in the area worst affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident two years ago have a higher risk of developing certain cancers, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130228/refile-update-1-cancer-risks-higher-worst-hit-fukushima-area-wh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Fukushima Prefecture Health Labor Medicine Nuclear physics Prefectures of Japan Radioactivity Social Issues World Health Organization Thomson Reuters Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:30:15 +0000 5769494 at http://www.globalpost.com Olympics: IOC assured Tokyo is earthquake, nuclear safe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/olympics-ioc-assured-tokyo-earthquake-nuclear-safe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Organisers of Tokyo's bid to host the 2020 Olympics said Thursday the Japanese capital was safe, despite fears of earthquakes and the nuclear disaster at Fukushima in 2011.</p> <p>A 14-member IOC team, evaluating bids by Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul for the event, heard presentations on security, medical services and environment on the final day of a four-day inspection tour.</p> <p>"I have explained there is no problem at all regarding Tokyo's air, water and food," Teruyuki Ohno, director of environmental affairs at the municipal government, told reporters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/olympics-ioc-assured-tokyo-earthquake-nuclear-safe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Prefectures of Japan Tōhoku region AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 08:31:01 +0000 5775840 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan marks second tsunami anniversary http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/japan-marks-second-tsunami-anniversary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan on Monday marks the second anniversary of a ferocious tsunami that claimed nearly 19,000 lives and sparked the worst nuclear accident in a generation.</p> <p>The government will host a national ceremony in Tokyo, attended by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, to mourn 15,881 people who died and 2,668 others who remain unaccounted for.</p> <p>They and the rest of the nation will observe a moment of silence at 2:46 pm (0546 GMT), the moment a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck on March 11, 2011, in waters off the northeastern Pacific coast.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130310/japan-marks-second-tsunami-anniversary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Fukushima Prefecture Politics Prefectures of Japan Tōhoku region AFP Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:15:40 +0000 5779141 at http://www.globalpost.com Fukushima victims sue Japan government, TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/fukushima-victims-sue-japan-government-tepco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Hundreds of people affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan filed a class action lawsuit Monday demanding greater efforts to clean up the contaminated region two years on from the disaster.</p> <p>Some 800 plaintiffs filed the case with the Fukushima District Court, demanding 50,000 yen ($520) a month each from the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) until the area is restored, their lawyers said in a statement.</p> <p>The plaintiffs are mostly from Fukushima, but also include some residents of neighbouring prefectures, the lawyers said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/fukushima-victims-sue-japan-government-tepco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Fukushima Prefecture Politics Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:00:55 +0000 5779472 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Cooling systems restored at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/urgent-cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cooling systems at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear plant became fully operational Wednesday, after they stopped working due to a power cut earlier this week, its operator said.</p> <p>Equipment in pools used to keep used fuel cool -- necessary to prevent any spontaneous nuclear reactions -- became fully operational from 0:12 am (1512 GMT), Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.</p> <p>hih/ac</p> Fukushima Prefecture Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 01:46:13 +0000 5788310 at http://www.globalpost.com Cooling systems restored at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Technicians have restored power to all cooling systems at the reactors of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operating company said Tuesday after a blackout sparked a new crisis.</p> <p>Equipment in pools used to cool used fuel became fully operational from 0:12 am (1512 GMT), some 30 hours after the blackout, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.</p> <p>Used nuclear fuel becomes dangerous if its temperature is allowed to rise uncontrollably to the point where a self-sustaining critical reaction begins, causing a meltdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Prefecture Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Co Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:15:48 +0000 5788322 at http://www.globalpost.com Cooling systems restored at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Technicians have restored power to all cooling systems at the reactors of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operating company said Wednesday after a blackout sparked a new crisis.</p> <p>Equipment in pools used to cool used fuel became fully operational from 0:12 am (1512 GMT Tuesday), some 30 hours after the blackout, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.</p> <p>Used nuclear fuel becomes dangerous if its temperature is allowed to rise uncontrollably to the point where a self-sustaining critical reaction begins, causing a meltdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Prefecture Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Co Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 02:31:04 +0000 5788333 at http://www.globalpost.com Cooling systems restored at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Technicians have restored power to all cooling systems at the reactors of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operating company said Wednesday after a blackout sparked a new crisis.</p> <p>Equipment in pools used to cool used fuel became fully operational from 0:12 am (1512 GMT), some 30 hours after the blackout, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.</p> <p>Used nuclear fuel becomes dangerous if its temperature is allowed to rise uncontrollably to the point where a self-sustaining critical reaction begins, causing a meltdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130319/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Prefecture Politics Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Co Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 03:02:05 +0000 5788348 at http://www.globalpost.com Cooling systems restored at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Technicians have restored power to all cooling systems at the reactors of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operating company said Wednesday after a blackout sparked a new crisis.</p> <p>Equipment in pools used to cool used fuel became fully operational from 0:12 am (1512 GMT), some 30 hours after the blackout, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said.</p> <p>Used nuclear fuel becomes dangerous if its temperature is allowed to rise uncontrollably to the point where a self-sustaining critical reaction begins, causing a meltdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Prefecture Politics Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Co Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 07:30:52 +0000 5788462 at http://www.globalpost.com Cooling systems restored at Fukushima reactors: TEPCO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Technicians have restored power to all cooling systems at the reactors of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant, the operating company said Wednesday after a blackout sparked a new crisis.</p> <p>Equipment in pools used to cool used fuel became fully operational from 0:12 am (1512 GMT Tuesday), some 30 hours after the blackout, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said.</p> <p>Used nuclear fuel becomes dangerous if its temperature is allowed to rise uncontrollably to the point where a self-sustaining critical reaction begins, causing a meltdown.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/cooling-systems-restored-at-fukushima-reactors-tepco-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fukushima Prefecture Politics Prefectures of Japan Tokyo Electric Power Co Tokyo Electric Power Company AFP Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:16:21 +0000 5788778 at http://www.globalpost.com