Sunday, July 3, 2011

Big electricity users reach reduction goal on 1st day (by Asahi Shimbun)


Employees of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corp. leave work at noon to reduce electricity usage. (Kengo Hiyoshi)

A government order to restrict electricity usage appeared to work on its first day of implementation.

City with greatest number of disaster deaths recruits citizens for door-to-door census (by Mainichi Shimbun)

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi -- This coastal city, which has the greatest number of confirmed deaths from the March 11 disasters and many still unaccounted for, has borrowed the help of its citizens for a door-to-door population census.

Gov't eyes lifting evacuation directive for some Fukushima Pref. areas (by Mainichi Shimbun)

FUKUSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Goshi Hosono, minister for nuclear accidents, said Saturday that the government will consider lifting a directive for some districts of Fukushima Prefecture that requires residents to be prepared to evacuate or stay indoors in an emergency in connection with the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Strengthening of nuclear safety more important than TEPCO's 'internal company logic' (by Mainichi Shimbun)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. (Mainichi)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), operator of the disaster-struck Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, held its general shareholders' meeting on June 28, attracting the largest crowd and taking the most time of any shareholders' meeting in company history.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Panel stresses evacuation from tsunami / Moves focus from physical barriers (by Yomiuri Shimbun)

Prof. Yoshiaki Kawata of Kansai University at a meeting of an expert panel on tsunami countermeasures on Sunday

An expert panel on tsunami countermeasures has called for the establishment of comprehensive evacuation plans in anticipation of massive tsunami, representing a major shift from the past emphasis on dikes and other protective structures.

Exclusive use of LED lights would shave 9 percent off Japan's energy consumption: researchers (by Mainichi Shimbun)

The LED light fixtures to be installed on and inside the Tokyo Sky Tree are pictured with the Sky Tree's mascot Sorakara-chan in Tokyo's Koto Ward on June 15. (Mainichi)

If all the fluorescent and incandescent lights used in Japan were replaced by energy-saving light-emitting diode (LED) lights, the annual domestic power consumption would be slashed by 9 percent, the Institute of Energy Economics (IEE) has announced.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

TEPCO failed to report possible hydrogen explosion (by Asahi Shimbun)

Smoke rises from the No. 3 reactor at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant which exploded in March. (Asahi Shimbun)

Tokyo Electric Power Co. knew there could be an explosion at the No. 3 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant the day before it happened, but didn't report the possibility to authorities.