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Science & Technology, Far East


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 Chinese military unit appeared to be a major hacker of US computer systems in a "multi-year, enterprise-scale computer espionage campaign," US-based cybersecurity experts said in a report issued Tuesday, DPA reported.
The Mandiant Intelligence Centre published 3,000 digital indicators of activity by the Chinese unit, which it called APT1, including domain names and IP addresses linked to hacking attacks.


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.


Assistant Secretary of Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Baqeri, who is in Beijing, and Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, exchanged views on the latest developments in international, regional and nuclear issues, IRNA reported.

Baqeri arrived in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon.

Ma Zhaoxu had visited Tehran last February. He also headed Chinese delegation in recent negotiations between Iran and Group 5+1 in Istanbul.

Baqeri will depart Beijing for Moscow on Wednesday to hold talks with Russian officials.


Foreign ministers of Russia, China and India on Friday urged all concerned parties to show maximum restraint over the failed satellite launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

"We are convinced that the responses to the challenge need to be only in diplomatic and political ways," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a joint news briefing after meeting with China's Yang Jiechi and India's S. M. Krishna.

The three countries, Lavrov said, also jointly called for a sooner resumption of the six-party talks over the nuclear issue of the Korean Peninsula.


Turkey and China has signed on Monday an agreement on use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, TRT Haber TV Channel reported today.

The agreement was signed during a visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Beijing.

Earlier Turkey signed a similar agreement with South Korea. The TV channel reported that signing of the agreement will be the first step towards development of cooperation between the two countries in the field of atomic energy.