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Japanese Utility at Heart of Nuclear Crisis Survives Shareholder Revolt

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The Japanese utility at the heart of the country’s nuclear crisis has won shareholder backing to maintain operations in the face of widespread anger from stockholders seeking an end to nuclear energy. Tokyo Electric Power Company shareholders defeated a key motion Tuesday aimed at ending the use of nuclear reactors, in a fiery six-hour meeting […]

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TEPCO Officials Face Heckling, Jeers at Annual Meeting

Posted June 28th, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Directors of the Tokyo Electric Power Company faced a barrage of insults from angry shareholders Tuesday at the company’s first annual meeting since a March 11 tsunami disabled its Fukushima nuclear power plant. Several hundred shareholders backed a resolution calling for the company to get out of the nuclear power business, while others demanded the […]

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Japan Names Cabinet Ministers for Disaster Management

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 11:35 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has appointed two new cabinet ministers to spearhead crisis management at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant and reconstruction of the country’s earthquake and tsunami-devastated northeast coast. The appointments, announced Monday, come as engineers at the plant activated a water decontamination system described as a key step toward shutting down […]

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Lady Gaga Faces Lawsuit After Japanese Benefit Concert

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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A U.S. law firm is accusing singer Lady Gaga of scamming her own charity for Japanese earthquake victims just days after the colorful pop star headlined an MTV charity concert near Tokyo. The American lawyers, who advertise on television using the telephone number 1-800-LAWFIRM, take aim in their lawsuit at Lady Gaga’s Internet sale of […]

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TEPCO Activates Vital Recycling System at Nuclear Plant

Posted June 27th, 2011 at 6:10 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese officials say they have activated a water decontamination system in a key step toward shutting down reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. The Tokyo Electric Power Company and government officials said they began using the decontaminated water to cool the cores of the number one, two and three reactors Monday afternoon. They hope […]

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More Difficulties for Japan’s Crippled Power Plant

Posted June 24th, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A drone aircraft being used to take air samples at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant crash landed on the roof of the Unit 2 reactor. A spokesman for the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company, said Friday that the drone’s engine malfunctioned and that the cause was under investigation. The U.S. made drone […]

System to Filter Radioactive Water at Fukushima Proving Faulty

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 2:30 am (UTC-5)
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The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says a system to decontaminate the radioactive water in the plant’s reactor buildings is not working as expected. Tokyo Electric Power Company says a newly installed U.S.-built device has reduced radioactive cesium in the water to one percent of the previous level. But that is […]

Two Strong Quakes Off Northeastern Japan

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Two strong back-to-back earthquakes struck early Thursday off the northeastern coast of Japan, prompting a short tsunami warning. A 6.8 quake was centered about 136 kilometers southeast of Hachinohe. It was immediately followed by a 6.7 magnitude quake. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Officials issued a tsunami warning, but canceled it […]

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Tsunami Warning in Japan After 6.8 Quake

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 6:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Japan has issued a tsunami warning after a 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck early Thursday off the country’s northeastern coast. The quake was centered about 136 kilometers southeast of Hachinohe. It was immediately followed by a 6.7 magnitude quake. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries. Hachinohe is north of the epicenter of the […]

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Japan’s Ruling Party Extends Parliament

Posted June 22nd, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Japan’s ruling party on Wednesday pushed through a proposal to extend the current parliamentary session until the end of August, giving members time to pass key legislation before the expected resignation of Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Mr. Kan has still not set a date for his departure, which he announced at a party meeting early […]

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