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Japan - Prime Minister Naoto Kan sorry for nuclear mix-up 08 July 2011

Japan's prime minister has apologised for causing confusion by ordering nuclear firms to carry out safety tests on their reactors, weeks after his government said the plants were safe. Naoto Kan said his order for "stress tests" on Wednesday came too late. Local officials and energy firms say they no longer know whether they can restart their reactors or not....

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Japan's Fukushima explosion 'caused chaos and confusion', report says 20 June 2011

Chaos followed the leak at a Japanese nuclear plant caused by a huge earthquake despite an emergency drill a week earlier, a report has revealed.Staff at the Fukushima facility held a disaster exercise before the March 11 crisis and ‘everyone was familiar with emergency exits’, said the report from plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco)....

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Radiation at nuclear site halts water clean-up in Japan 20 June 2011

Operators of Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant have suspended an operation to clean contaminated water hours after it began due to a rapid rise in radiation....

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Nuclear energy increasing globally despite Fukushima disaster 14 June 2011

A new global report by the Economist Intelligence Unit shows nuclear power will expand in eight out of the world’s top 10 nuclear countries. In the case of China it is set to grow by more than 500 per cent. Before the devastating earthquake and tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan on March 11, atomic power enjoyed a return to prominence among planners. Now, a commonly held view is that the nuclear industry will see a slowdown, if not a decline....

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Germany will abandon nuclear power by 2022 06 June 2011

One of Europe's economic powerhouses - Germany, announced plans last week to abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources....

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The fear of nuclear 26 April 2011

Explosions at the Japanese plant hit by earthquake and tsunami have sparked new fears that will feed into debates about nuclear power across the globe. But what is the ordinary person's understanding of the risks underlying nuclear power?...

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Nine months to end Japan's nuclear crisis, plant owner estimates 18 April 2011

Engineers will need six to nine months to bring the damaged nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant to heel, the plant's owners said recently in their first public timetable for ending the crisis....

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Nitrogen pumped into nuclear reactor in Japanese quake zone 07 April 2011

Workers in Japan have begun injecting nitrogen into one of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant to prevent more hydrogen blasts. The gas is being pumped into reactor 1 of the six-unit plant which was damaged by last month's quake and tsunami....

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Nuclear plant in Japan: Data error was 'unacceptable' 28 March 2011

The Japanese government has attacked the operator of a crippled nuclear plant for "unacceptable" mistakes. The Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) had said radiation levels were 10m times higher than normal before correcting the figure to 100,000 times. Workers are battling to stop radiation leaks at the Fukushima plant, hit by a quake and tsunami over two weeks ago....