A subsidiary of Kobe Steel Ltd. may have falsified test data on highly radioactive waste disposal, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) announced on Feb. 14. Kobelco Research Institute Inc. is suspected of tampering with data it gathered on behalf of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), which is contracted to carry out tests by the NRA. The aim of the tests is to help form a regulatory standard for final disposal sites for nuclear waste, but a report the NRA received from the JAEA said that figures in the original data and those in reports Kobelco submitted to it did not match. Furthermore, some original data could not be located. The NRA has instructed the JAEA to confirm details about the possible data falsification in response to the report.
Asahi Shimbun 15th Feb 2018 read more »
A Japanese court on Tuesday ordered the operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant to compensate relatives of a 102-year-old man who killed himself at the prospect of fleeing his home. The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Co (TEPCO) to pay 15.2 million yen ($143,400) in damages to the family of Fumio Okubo, according to their attorney Yukio Yasuda. Okubo was the oldest resident of Iitate village, 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi plant on Japan’s northeast coast, which sparked the world’s worst atomic accident in a generation in 2011.
Daily Mail 20th Feb 2018 read more »
The Yomiuri newspaper reported on Tuesday that: Japan’s government will submit legislation early next month to boost the use of offshore wind power; Bill to allow operators to use sites for 30 years, from 3-5 years now; Japan has high potential for offshore wind as it is surrounded by ocean.
Reuters 20th Feb 2018 read more »