Oi N-plant allowed to continue operations thru Sept.
Jiji Press -- Mar 20
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority said Tuesday that the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture are allowed, in principle, to continue operations until the next routine check in September.
Although nuclear plants in Japan are required to meet new safety standards, which will come into effect on July 18, before being restarted, the nuclear regulator gave the approval by showing its intention to start checking whether the reactors fall short of any of the new standards in April, when the outline of the standards is drawn up.
The two reactors at the Oi plant in the central Japan prefecture are the only nuclear reactors in operation in Japan.
Weather officials say the average density of carbon dioxide in Japan is rising above the international standard at all 3 observation points in the country.
Carbon dioxide is one of the greenhouse gases associated with global warming. (NHK )
The Diet passed a bill Friday to set up a system that will assign an identification number to every citizen to improve government management of income, social security and tax information despite public concerns about the potential for data abuse. (Japan Times )
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many expect to worsen and hamper progress in the decades-long effort to safely decommission it. (AP )
The government of Japan has bestowed one of that nation's highest honors on a Japanese-American, a former U.S. Soldier and World War II veteran, for his work furthering relationships between the Japanese and Americans. (army.mil )
This Monday, members of the seminal metal band X Japan were in Odaiba rubbing shoulders with the likes of Brad Pitt, Lady Gaga and AKB48′s Yuko Oshima. The catch? They were all made out of wax. (Japan Times )