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YAMAGUCHI – One person was killed and 22 others were injured early Sunday as explosions ripped through a glue factory in Waki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, setting the plant ablaze, police said. The explosions also damaged about 400 houses around the plant, mostly by shattering windows, before the fire was extinguished at 5:15 p.m. There was no confirmation that toxic fumes were produced by the blaze. The plant, run by Mitsui Chemicals Inc., was attempting to suspend operations because of technical problems when explosions started breaking out around 2:15 a.m., killing 22-year-old employee Shota Sunakawa, police said. The accident also injured 11 other workers employed by Mitsui Chemicals or its affiliates, as well as 11 people outside the plant who were hit by flying glass. The police said they plan to search the plant, which makes glue for wood and tires, on suspicion of professional negligence resulting in death and injuries.
Is the ongoing crisis surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant being accurately reported in the Japanese media? No, says independent journalist Shigeo Abe, who claims the authorities, and many journalists, have done a poor job of informing people about nuclear power in Japan both before and during the crisis — and that the clean-up costs are now being massively underestimated and underreported. “The government says that as long as the radioactive leak can be dammed from the sides it can be stopped, but that’s wrong,” Abe insists. “They’re going to have to build a huge trench underneath the plant to contain the radiation — a giant diaper. That is a huge-scale construction and will cost a fortune. The government knows that but won’t reveal it.”
In my book, Stratfor’s George Friedman is THE best at geopolitical analysis – he always pieces together the global picture masterfully. Here’s his take on the emerging energy crisis in Japan, which we are fortunate enough to republish here… Japan, the Persian Gulf and Energy
As of September 15, support teams from one country are operating in Japan. Japan has received relief supplies from countries/regions and international organizations as shown in the list below. Japan has received, so far, offers of assistance from the following 163 countries and regions, and 43 international organizations (in alphabetical order). (Asia) Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam (Oceania)
Posted by Mochizuki on December 22nd, 2011 · 6 Comments The video is perfectly organized. 12/16/2011 ,JP PM Noda declared cold shutdown for some reason. At the press conference ,they arranged set-up questions of corrupted reporters and NHK only reported that part. Just after NHK stopped reporting it ,a free journalist Jinbo Tetsuo asked the PM. “Now that fuel is out of the container vessels ,how can you declare cold shutdown ?” JP PM Noda answered ,because the temperature of entire vessels is stably under 100C ,which is a lie actually ,and he did not leave any comment about the melting-earth fuel ,which is the biggest matter.
The male worker, in his 50s, was taken to hospital for treatment on Wednesday after feeling ill during a regular morning assembly at the plant, some 140 miles north of Tokyo, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). He died early morning on Thursday at the hospital, TEPCO spokesman Chie Hosoda said, adding that the cause of his death was being investigated.
THE WILD BOAR IS STANDING 30 OR 40 yards away, at the bottom of a grassy bank, staring right at me. Even from this distance I can see its outrageously long snout, its giant pointed ears, and the spiny bristles along its back. It looks part porcupine, a number of shades of ocher and gray. And it's far bigger than I expected, maybe chest-high to a man.
TEPCO share prices take a hit Tokyo Electric Power Co. first announced the timetable for ending the crisis in mid-April Three reactors at plant overheated after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami The company says it will have to change strategies in cooling the No. 1 reactor Tokyo (CNN) -- Worse-than-expected damage in one reactor is forcing a change of plans at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, but its owners say they still expect to end the 2-month-old crisis by January. The Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will have to change its plans for cooling reactor No. 1 after determining the unit's fuel rods melted almost completely in the early hours of the disaster and that the pressure vessel at the heart of the reactor may be leaking.
NHK, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images An explosion Monday at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station blew the roof off the containment building of reactor No. 3, right. Reactor No. 1’s containment building, left, was damaged in an explosion on Saturday.
"Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind," Arnold Gundersen, a former nuclear industry senior vice president, told Al Jazeera. Japan's 9.0 earthquake on March 11 caused a massive tsunami that crippled the cooling systems at the Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also led to hydrogen explosions and reactor meltdowns that forced evacuations of those living within a 20km radius of the plant. Gundersen, a licensed reactor operator with 39 years of nuclear power engineering experience, managing and coordinating projects at 70 nuclear power plants around the US, says the Fukushima nuclear plant likely has more exposed reactor cores than commonly believed.
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JIASHAN, China (AFP) - A few places in China give parents a rare right to have two offspring rather than one, but many stop at a single child anyway - fuelling demands to end what critics call an unnecessary, harmful rule. SHANGHAI (AFP) - A knife-wielding attacker killed two relatives and then slashed 11 people, including six children, outside a school in China's commercial hub of Shanghai, state media said Thursday. PAJU, South Korea (REUTERS) - A heavily armed border crossing between North and South Korea that allows the North access to US$2 billion (S$2.5billion) in trade a year, one of its few avenues to foreign currency, remained open on Thursday despite Pyongyang's move to cut communications.