Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Japan Utility President Stranded as Crisis Began (by WSJ)



Tepco President Masataka Shimizu is shown speaking to the media earlier this month. The Japanese government said Tuesday it had bumped the executive from a military transport flight a few hours after a tsunami triggered an accident there last month.

Calorie intake of most quake victims in Miyagi falls short of target (by Mainichi Shimbun)



Evacuees rest at the main floor of a high school gymnasium that has turned into an evacuation center in Watari, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan Tuesday, March 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japanese NGOs seek nuke-free society on 25th anniv. of Chernobyl (by Mainichi Shimbun)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A group of 87 nongovernmental organizations in Japan reiterated calls to achieve a nuclear-free society on Tuesday, the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, at a time when the worst nuclear crisis since is continuing at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.


Chernobyl widows mourn as bell tolls 25 times (by Mainichi Shimbun)



Two girls light candles near the monument to Ukrainians who were evacuated from the town of Pripyat, which was affected by radiation in Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

Austrian chancellor calls for nuclear-free future (by Mainichi Shimbun)



Anti nuclear demonstrators hold a banner during a protest marking the 25th anniversary of the nuclear accident in Chernobyl in Vienna, Austria, on Monday, April 25, 2011. Austria is an ardent opponent of nuclear power and has no operating plants of its own. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Thousands demonstrate near German nuclear plants (by Mainichi Shimbun)



People ride their bikes and hold flags reading "Nuclear power? No thanks" during a demonstration at the nuclear power plant of Biblis in Germany, Monday, April 25, 2011. Thousands of people have staged protests near several German nuclear power plants, demanding a speedy end to the country's use of atomic energy. (AP Photo/dapd, Thomas Lohnes)

Public split on nuclear energy, but long-time warning deserves serious debate (by Mainichi Shimbun)



In this March 20, 2011 aerial file photo taken by a small unmanned drone and released by Air Photo Service, the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant is seen in Okumamachi, Fukushima prefecture. From top to bottom: Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3 and Unit 4. (AP Photo/Air Photo Service)

Japan’s Cherry Blossoms Bloom, but Nuclear Fears Keep Tourists Away (by NYT)


In a place that usually has hundreds of thousands of visitors, fears of nuclear contamination have kept sightseers from making a trip to see a weeping cherry tree said to be a thousand years old.