The level of radioactive tritium continues to rise in seawater just off the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Saturday.
A sample collected Wednesday contained around 2,300 becquerels of tritium per liter, the highest level detected in seawater since the nuclear crisis at the plant began in March 2011.
According to TEPCO, the sample with the highest tritium concentration was collected near a water intake on the northeast side of the No. 1 reactor turbine building. The level was up from 1,100 in samples taken on June 21, and 2,200 in samples taken on July 1, in the same area.
More than 1,000 seismic events had been recorded in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures by Thursday in the two weeks since a magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck southwestern Japan, while over 30,000 people remain evacuated from their homes. (Japan Today)
Japan has lodged a protest with Taiwan over a statement made by its president challenging Tokyo's claim to waters in the Pacific. Ma Ying-jeou described Japan's southernmost island as a rock around which it cannot claim an exclusive economic zone. (NHK)
Japan's ski competition governing body has suspended the membership of 2 teenage snowboarders for their use of marijuana. They used the banned drugs on their tours of the United States in December. (NHK)
A 28-year-old nursery school teacher who forced a 4-year-old boy to eat fried chicken covered with wasabi and recorded it on her smartphone, has received a suspended sentence from the Tokyo District Court. (Japan Today)