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Japan urges G-7 to urgently tackle global economic risks

ISE, Japan (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged fellow leaders of the Group of Seven advanced economies to unite Thursday in forging a more urgent, coordinated response to the faltering global recovery. Abe and his counterparts sat down at a big round table for the first of their summit working sessions after strolling through the grounds of the ...

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AP Interview: Japan lawyer wants no-nukes after Fukushima

AP Interview: Japan lawyer wants no-nukes after Fukushima

TOKYO (AP) — Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai stands out in Japan, a nation dominated by somber dark suits: When not in a courtroom, he often wears colorful shirts and crystal-covered animal pins. He is a Noh dancer, a tenor and, of late, a filmmaker. His ride is a Harley. Some of it is just for fun, but much of the flamboyance ...

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Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to contain leaking radioactive water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said the structure, which was completed last month, can now be activated. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power ...

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US stocks fall early as energy, materials companies slide

US stocks fall early as energy, materials companies slide

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks skidded Tuesday morning as beleaguered energy and materials companies fell along with the price of oil and precious metals. The Bank of Japan cut its economic forecasts, which hurt stocks overseas, and the U.S. Commerce Department reported surprisingly weak retail sales. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average declined 80 points, or 0.5 percent, ...

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Fukushima ‘decontamination troops’ often exploited, shunned

Fukushima 'decontamination troops' often exploited, shunned

MINAMISOMA, Japan (AP) — The ashes of half a dozen unidentified laborers ended up at a Buddhist temple in this town just north of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Some of the dead men had no papers, others left no emergency contacts. Their names could not be confirmed and no family members had been tracked down to claim their remains. ...

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

TOKYO (AP) — Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan into multiple meltdowns, cleaning up the mess both onsite and in surrounding towns remains a work in progress. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the widespread effects of radiation from the March 11, 2011, disaster: ___ 164,865: Fukushima residents ...

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Containing Fukushima’s radioactive water may be 9-year fight

Containing Fukushima's radioactive water may be 9-year fight

TOKYO (AP) — After battling radioactive water leaks for five years at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, the utility that ran it says it will need another four to finish the job. “We will bring an end to the problem by 2020,” says Yuichi Okamura, who led the Tokyo Electric Power Co. team dealing with water at Fukushima from ...

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Japan utility admits it delayed report of Fukushima meltdown

Japan utility admits it delayed report of Fukushima meltdown

TOKYO (AP) — The operator of Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear plant acknowledged Thursday it failed for two months to announce that meltdowns had occurred in the cores of three of the reactors. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said its officials were unaware of a company emergency manual that defined a meltdown as damage exceeding 5 percent of a reactor’s fuel. Instead, ...

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Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel

Japan restarts nuclear reactor using plutonium-mixed fuel

TOKYO — Japan on Friday restarted a nuclear reactor that uses plutonium-based fuel, the first of that type to resume operations under stricter safety rules introduced after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. Japan’s large stockpile of plutonium has raised international nuclear security concerns, and the government has come up with the idea of burning it in reactors as it desperately tries ...

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Japan’s coal power plants face headwinds over CO2

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TOKYO — Power companies’ plans to construct coal power plants to secure low-cost electricity are facing headwinds in Japan, as the Environment Ministry has raised objections from the viewpoint of preventing global warming. On November 13, Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa said the ministry cannot approve a coal-fired power plant that Kansai Electric Power Co. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. plan to ...

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