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Science & Technology, Japan


Japan said Tuesday that it would spend over 40 billion yen (400 million US dollars) to contain the leakage of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, Kyodo News Agency informed, dpa reported.

The emergency spending will come from reserve funds under the fiscal 2013 budget, unnamed government sources quoted by Kyodo said.

The severity of the leaks was raised to level 3 last week after plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co said about 300 tons of highly contaminated water was found to have leaked from a storage tank.


Japan is the leading country in terms of guarantees of seismic safety of buildings and structures, which ensured its victory in the tender for the construction of nuclear power plant (NPP) in Sinop, the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey reported to RIA Novosti on Monday.


The cooling system for the spent fuel storage at one of the reactors of Japan's stricken Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant stopped working Friday, a news report said.

An alarm went off at 2:27 pm indicating a problem with electrical equipment in reactor number 3, Kyodo News agency quoted the Nuclear Regulation Authority as saying, dpa reported.

Reactors 1, 2 and 3 of the plant's six were severely damaged in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which cut off the cooling to the main reactor cores, leading to explosions and radiation leaks.


A nuclear reactor started supplying power early Thursday in western Japan, becoming the nation's first reactor to restart operation since last year's nuclear disaster that has prompted growing public opposition against the power source, dpa reported.

Japan regained nuclear-generated electricity as reactor 3 at the Oi Nuclear Power Plant on the Sea of Japan coast was connected to the generator and transmission grid.


Last year's nuclear disaster in Japan was "clearly man-made," an independent investigation commission said Thursday as it harshly criticized the government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), DPA reported.

The world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster "was the result of collusion between the government, the regulators and TEPCO and the lack of governance by said parties," the commission said.


The Kazakh Ministry of Industry and New Technologies and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry agreed to cooperate, Kazinform reported.

The parties signed six bilateral documents on cooperation, including a memorandum on economic cooperation, which envisages 40 joint projects in nuclear and petrochemical spheres, mining and metallurgical complex, and in the field of new technologies within the meeting of Kazakh minister Asset Issekeshev and Japanese Minister Yukio Edano on Tuesday.


A team of 10 experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday said Japan's nuclear stress tests are consistent with the organization's standards, DPA reported.

The experts examined stress tests conducted on reactors 3 and 4 at Oi Nuclear Power Station in Fukui prefecture, central Japan. The reactors run by Kansai Electric Power Co have been suspended for regular check-ups.

In a stress test, utilities assess to what degree their reactors are capable of withstanding natural disasters such as an earthquake or tsunami.


A Japanese power plant operator said Friday that it would suspend a nuclear reactor in Ehime prefecture, western Japan, for regular checkups, which would leave only five of the nation's 54 reactors in service, DPA reported.

Shikoku Electric Power Co said Friday it would halt reactor 2 of its Ikata Nuclear Power Plant on January 13, bringing the three-reactor plant, the only one on Shikoku Island, to a complete suspension for the first time since 1994.


The Japanese government announced Friday the earthquake and tsunami hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been stable after nine-months effort to bring the facility cold shutdown.

A cold shutdown means the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl has been under control. Tokyo Electric Power, the operator of the nuclear power plant is going to move on to the next stage of maintaining the stability after cooling down the melted fuel inside the stricken No. 1 to 3 reactors, Xinhua reported.


A power company said Thursday it had shut down a nuclear reactor at a plant in western Japan due to water leaks from a pressurizer valve, DPA reported.

Kansai Electric Power Co said it had manually suspended reactor 2 at Mihama Nuclear Power Plant, located on the Sea of Japan coast around 300 kilometres west of Tokyo.

The reactor was scheduled to be shut down on December 18 for a regular checkup. Following the shutdown, only two of the company's 11 reactors in the region are still running.

Those are due to be stopped for maintenance on December 16 and in February, respectively.