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In this Dec. 29, 2012 file photo, the Unit 1 reactor building, left, and Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are seen through a bus window in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged in a report Friday that it was not prepared to deal with the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011, causing triple-meltdowns at its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, Pool, File)

Japanese utility takes blame for nuclear crisis

By Sat, Mar 30, 2013 7:08PM UTC Comments Off In this Dec. 29, 2012 file photo, the Unit 1 reactor building, left, and Unit 2 of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant are seen through a bus window in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged in a report Friday that it was not prepared to deal with the earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan in March 2011, causing triple-meltdowns at its Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, Pool, File)

  TOKYO (AP) — The utility that operates Japan’s crippled atomic plant said Friday that it deserves most of the blame for the country’s nuclear crisis, in its strongest remarks about its own shortcomings. Tokyo Electric Power Co. acknowledged in a report that it was not adequately prepared to deal with the massive earthquake and...

Panel: Fault under Japan nuke plant may be active

By Tue, Dec 11, 2012 10:32AM UTC 1 Comment

TOKYO (AP) — A team of Japanese geologists says a seismic fault running underneath a nuclear plant in western Japan is likely to be active, which could force the scrapping of one of its two reactors. The five-member panel commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced Monday that the structure underneath the Tsuruga plant showed...

A NUCLEAR SECRET DELIVERS A LESSON IN PEACE

By Thu, Sep 20, 2012 2:00AM UTC Comments Off A NUCLEAR SECRET DELIVERS A LESSON IN PEACE

South Africa was the first country to dismantle its nuclear weapons – weapons that the world did not know it had. Historian Dr Anna-Mart van Wyk has tracked her country's journey from international pariah to role model.As the world expert on the political history of the South African apartheid regime's secret nuclear weapons program, Monash South Africa's Dr Anna-Mart van Wyk has become familiar with government and defence force archives in both South Africa and the US. The documents she has tirelessly tracked down and studied have cast new light on the politics behind the program, which remained hidden...

Nuclear debate gets Japan hot under the collar

By Wed, Jun 06, 2012 11:50PM UTC Comments Off Streaks of car lights run through buildings with turned-off neon signs in the Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo. Scheduled power cuts could become a fact of life in Japan this summer. Pic: AP.

It’s been a week since the Japanese Environment Ministry launched its annual Super Cool Biz campaign, but without nuclear power, keeping cool this summer will take more than going to work sans necktie. Although the entire country will be affected by losing one third of its power generators, areas in Japan’s South-West like Kansai and...

Japan’s ex-PM: I was frightened by nuclear crisis

By Tue, May 29, 2012 9:09AM UTC 1 Comment In this aerial photo taken from the Asahi Shimbun helicopter, the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is seen in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Monday, May 28, 2012. Pic: AP.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s leader felt fearful and helpless during last year’s nuclear disaster and lacked experts capable of giving him guidance, he testified Monday in his first response to a public investigative inquiry on the crisis. Naoto Kan resigned in September after being criticized for government failures during the disaster. He told the parliamentary...

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