Japan will carry out safety tests of all nuclear stations to address concerns among communities hosting reactors, almost three weeks after the government declared them safe in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear crisis.
More than a third of Japan’s nuclear reactors will need to apply for license extensions within five years or face decommissioning at a time when the industry’s safety record is in tatters after the Fukushima disaster.
Chubu Electric Power Co. will begin shutting reactors at its Hamaoka nuclear plant tomorrow, after the government asked Japan’s third-largest utility to idle them until earthquake and tsunami defenses are improved.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said as much as 12 tons of radioactive water leaked from a pipe at its crippled Fukushima nuclear station, the second such incident in 11 days at the same pipeline, raising further doubts about the stability of the plant.
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant faces its second typhoon season since the March 11 disaster last year, raising the risk of further radiation leaks if storms thrash exposed pools of uranium fuel rods or tanks holding contaminated water.
Aftershocks rattling Japan after the nation’s record quake on March 11 may continue for at least six months, increasing the risk of damage to a crippled nuclear plant at the center of the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl.
Shozaburo Jimi was named as Japanese Financial Services Minister, replacing Shizuka Kamei who quit after new Prime Minister Naoto Kan declined to extend the parliamentary session to pass changes to banking and postal laws.