At least 360 liters of radioactive water have leaked from a desalination unit at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in north-east Japan, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported.
The operation of the unit was suspended early on Friday after a leak detector sounded the alarm.
The contaminated water has been contained within the complex and radiation levels in surrounding areas have not changed significantly, Kyodo said citing the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO).
A lawmaker from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party who announced plans to take paternity leave has resigned over revelations that he engaged in an extra-marital affair while his wife was pregnant, reports TBS News (Feb. 12). (Tokyo Reporter)
Los Angeles alternative rock outfit Red Hot Chili Peppers and Icelandic post-rock trio Sigur Ros were among acts named Friday to perform at the 20th anniversary of Fuji Rock Festival in July. (Japan Times)
Japanese actor Ken Watanabe was diagnosed with an early-stage stomach cancer, his agent said Tuesday, adding the actor, who starred in a Broadway musical in 2015, has already undergone endoscopic surgery to remove it. (Kyodo)
The Japanese government decided at a cabinet meeting Tuesday to withdraw its recommendation of Christianity-related historic facilities and sites in Nagasaki and Kumamoto prefectures for addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List. (Jiji Press)