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.
Through "tears of sadness," Kenji Goto's mother urged people to respect his wishes for peace hours after a video posted online Feb. 1 apparently showed her son being killed by an Islamic State militant. (Asahi)
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. <7011> and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launched a backup information gathering radar satellite on an H-2A rocket on Sunday. (Jiji Press)
Officials at Japan's Meteorological Agency are warning that a snowstorm could be heading for the eastern coast of Hokkaido as a low pressure system developing off the coast lashes the region with powerful winds. (NHK)
The Aichi Prefectural Police said Friday that the 19-year-old Nagoya University student who has admitted killing a 77-year-old woman last month apparently used her cellphone to take pictures of the victim's corpse. (Japan Times)
Manga giant Katsuhiro Otomo won the Grand Prix Award at the prestigious Angouleme International Comics Festival on Jan. 29, marking the first time that a Japanese creator took the event's top honor. (Asahi)
Police in Saitama Prefecture said Thursday they have arrested 11 people who, as part of an organized scam group, call up individuals claiming that they had missed a payment for using a website that is actually free to use. (Japan Today)
A Nagoya University student who says she killed an elderly woman found dead in the 19-year-old's apartment has also admitted poisoning a former high school classmate, investigative sources said Thursday. (Japan Times)