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Kobe Steel Supply Chain Scandal Spreads; 500 Customers Used Affected Products

The cheating crisis engulfing Kobe Steel Ltd just got bigger. Chief Executive Hiroya Kawasaki on Friday revealed that about 500 companies had received its falsely certified products, more than double its earlier count, confirming widespread wrongdoing at the steelmaker that …

Gov’t, TEPCO Held Accountable by Japan Court for Fukushima Nuclear Accident

A Japanese court on Tuesday [Oct. 10] ordered the government and the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant to pay 500 million yen ($4.5 million) to thousands of area residents and evacuees who were demanding compensation for their livelihoods lost …

Japan Court Rules Tepco, not Government, Must Pay $3.4M to Ex-Fukushima Residents

A Japanese court ruled Friday [Sept. 22] that a utility, not the government, should pay compensation to dozens of former residents of Fukushima for losses to their livelihood caused by reactor meltdowns at a nuclear plant after a massive earthquake …

6 Years After Fukushima Disaster, Robots Continue Search for Radioactive Fuel

The latest robot seeking to find the 600 tons of nuclear fuel and debris that melted down six years ago in Japan’s wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi power plant met its end in less than a day. The scorpion-shaped machine, built by …

Judge: Sailors Can Sue California Company Over Fukushima Exposure

U.S. Navy personnel who were exposed to radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima plant during earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in 2011 can sue the power station’s operator in California, a court ruled. U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino in San …

Tepco Rebuilding Plan Approved

Tokyo Electric Power Co. won the support of the government and banks for a plan to rebuild its business, the latest step in the recovery from the nuclear disaster three years ago that almost destroyed the company. The agreement between …

Japan Earmarks Additional $30B for Fukushima Clean-Up, Compensation

Japan’s government is finalising plans to borrow an additional 3 trillion yen ($30 billion) to pay for compensating Fukushima evacuees and cleaning up the area outside the wrecked nuclear plant, said people with knowledge of the situation. The additional borrowing …

Fukushima Plant Springs Another Leak in Battle with Radioactive Water

Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported another breach of the defenses it has built at the Fukushima nuclear plant in its more than two-year struggle to stop leaks of radioactive water into the soil and sea. Just weeks after the utility …

Japan Nuclear Plant Planned Review of Tsunami Risk— But Too Late

Four days before a tsunami devastated a Japanese nuclear plant, its operator promised a fuller assessment of the risk of such a disaster — but not for seven months. The disclosure in a three-page briefing paper obtained by The Associated …

Japan Governor Wants Nuclear Safety Pledge in Writing

Japanese governor Tokihiro Nakamura believes nuclear power is vital for the resource-poor land, but even he says the central government must put safety pledges in writing before he’ll agree to restart off-line reactors — a sign of the tough battle …