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TEPCO's Credit Rating Reduced To Junk By Moody's

Posted 08.20.2011 | Business

TOKYO - Moody's Investors Service cut its credit rating on Tokyo Electric Power Co to junk status on Monday and kept the operator of Japan's crippled ...

Japan Plant Clean-Up Suspended Due To Rising Radiation Levels

Reuters | Posted 08.17.2011 | World

TOKYO, Jun 18 (Reuters) - The operator of Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, said on Saturday it had suspended an operation to clean up r...

Report From Tokyo: Reading the Tea Leaves

David Wagner | Posted 08.14.2011 | World
David Wagner

Earlier this month, it was reported high levels of cesium were found on tea leaves in Shizuoka. Shortly thereafter, the Shizuoka Prefectural government asked the tea company that reported this to refrain from carrying information on its website.

Italy's Voters Scrap Nuclear Energy

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.13.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

The outcome of this weekend's referendum sends a strong signal to the nuclear energy industry as Italy joins Switzerland and Germany in shelving plans for nuclear energy. The role of the people was critical in each country.

Report From Tokyo: The Spread of Radioactivity

David Wagner | Posted 08.07.2011 | World
David Wagner

The greatest concern for people living anywhere near the Daiichi Fukushima nuclear plant these days is the spread of radioactivity emanating from the facility. In recent days, several reports paint a dire picture of what is happening in Japan.

Children's Safety: A Global Parental Concern

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 08.02.2011 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With Japanese government guidelines permitting youngsters to be exposed to "radiation doses that exceed twenty times the previously allowable level," parents have become proactive about the nuclear crisis.

Japanese Seniors Volunteer To Go To Fukushima Power Plant

Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact

At 72-years-old, Yasuteru Yamada is not the person you'd expect to be leading the charge to repair the crippled Fukushima Power Plant. But Yamada a...

A Look Inside Japan's Nuclear Dependency Culture

The New York Times | MARTIN FACKLER and NORIMITSU ONISHI | Posted 07.30.2011 | World

KASHIMA, Japan -- When the Shimane nuclear plant was first proposed here more than 40 years ago, this rural port town put up such fierce resistance th...

Breakdown Of Cooling System At Fukushima

Posted 07.28.2011 | World

(Reuters) - The system to cool the nuclear reactor and fuel pool has stopped at the No. 5 unit of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant in northe...

Ensuring Nuclear Safety

Gregory Jaczko | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
Gregory Jaczko

Ensuring nuclear safety is always challenging. We cannot guarantee the prevention of every possible accident and we seem to only make news when there are issues. But that is precisely our job -- to find problems and ensure they are resolved.

Operator Of Damaged Japan Nuclear Plant Confirms Meltdowns At 2 More Reactors Early In Crisis

Reuters | Posted 07.23.2011 | World

May 24, 2011 1:25:55 AM TOKYO, May 24 (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power Co , the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disabled by t...

After $15B Loss, Chief Of Japan Nuclear Firm Resigns

Posted 07.20.2011 | Business

TOKYO (By Nathan Layne and Taiga Uranaka) - Tokyo Electric Power Co reported a $15 billion net loss on Friday to account for the disaster at its Fukus...

Nuclear Trust

Peter Fox-Penner, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Fox-Penner, PhD

Nuclear energy is unique. No other energy source is capable of causing dangerous conditions over comparably large geographic areas. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was an environmental calamity but we didn't have to evacuate every human.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Nuclear Regulator: U.S. Plants Poorly Equipped For Natural Disasters | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 07.13.2011 | Green

Critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission received fresh ammunition on Thursday when the agency revealed that many of the nation's aging nuclear po...

Japan Approves Nearly $50 Billion For Post-Earthquake Rebuilding

Reuters | Linda Sieg and Kazunori Takada | Posted 06.21.2011 | World

April 22, 2011 4:37:58 AM By Linda Sieg and Kazunori Takada TOKYO, April 22 (Reuters) - Japan's cabinet approved on Friday almost $50 billion of...

Japan Hit By Second Major Aftershock In A Day

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2011 | World

April 12, 2011 5:18:41 AM TOKYO, April 12 (Reuters) - A second major aftershock measuring 6.3 rocked northeast Japan on Tuesday, swaying buildings ...

Report from Tokyo: The Truth and Nothing But the Truth

David Wagner | Posted 06.11.2011 | World
David Wagner

A lot of people I know here in Tokyo, myself included, are having trouble distinguishing between fact, fiction, and 'spin' with respect to the safety of air, water and food.

Japan To Stop Pumping Radioactive Water Into Sea

Reuters | Shinichi Saoshiro and Chisa Fujioka | Posted 06.08.2011 | World

April 9, 2011 1:28:50 AM By Shinichi Saoshiro and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, April 9 (Reuters) - Japan expects to stop pumping radioactive water into ...

Caroline Dworin

Chernobyl's Tragic Legacy | Caroline Dworin | Posted 06.08.2011 | World

"I want people to see," said photographer Paul Fusco. "For Lida, it has to be as painful as possible." Lida is the mother of Aleysa Beoia, a seventeen...

Reading the Pictures: Fukushima Ha Ha

Michael Shaw | Posted 06.07.2011 | Media
Michael Shaw

2011-04-07-fukushima.jpgIf "Hey Ma, we found the crack!" is supposed to make me feel better, it just makes me more shaky and convinced how way in over our heads we are.

Japan Nuclear Plant Stops Radiation-Tainted Water From Leaking Into Ocean

Reuters | Chizu Nomiyama and Yoko Nishikawa | Posted 06.05.2011 | World

April 5, 2011 11:16:04 PM By Chizu Nomiyama and Yoko Nishikawa TOKYO, April 6 (Reuters) - Engineers have stopped highly radioactive water leakin...

Nuclear Vs. Coal: A No-Win Ethical Dilemma

Kelly Rigg | Posted 06.04.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Choosing our energy future is no joke. Given the 30-50 year lifespan of a power plant built today, we owe it to our children and grandchildren to get it right.

The FDA and Fukushima Fallout

Robert Alvarez | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Robert Alvarez

The FDA has been asleep at the switch when it comes to protecting public health from medical radiation exposures.

Japan Prime Minister Visits Nuclear Exclusion Zone

Reuters | Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chisa Fujioka | Posted 06.01.2011 | World

April 2, 2011 2:57:26 AM - By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Chisa Fujioka TOKYO, April 2 (Reuters) - Japan's prime minister made his first visit to the coun...

Anything Can Happen At Any Time: Zen Lessons From Japan

James Baraz | Posted 06.01.2011 | Religion
James Baraz

A central tenet of existence is the truth of impermanence. Ultimately there is no stability in a constantly changing world. As one of my teachers puts it: "Anything can happen at any time."