Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday a monitoring camera showed "something like steam" coming out of the No. 3 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex in the morning, but noted it has not seen any significant change in radiation levels.
A worker first noticed around 8:20 a.m. from camera footage that vapor was rising from the central area of the fifth floor of the building -- just above the reactor's primary containment vessel -- and it had not stopped as of 12:30 p.m., the plant operator said.
It has confirmed that water injection into the stricken reactor and its spent fuel pool is continuing stably. The temperature of the vessel stood at 38 C as of 5 a.m., it said.
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
Three people have died as a result of heavy snow caused by a strong low pressure system on Wednesday and Thursday, which also disrupted public transportation systems in Hokkaido and other areas mainly along the Sea of Japan. (The Japan News)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that up to 6 tons of water have leaked after being processed with water-cleaning equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 power station at the center of the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Jiji Press)
Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. (Japan Times)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)