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.
Japan's transport ministry last week set up a special task force to deal with air bag-related recalls and has urged automakers to speed up replacements of potentially defective Takata-made air bag inflators, Transport Minister Akihiro Ohta said on Tuesday. (Reuters)
The government's Earthquake Research Committee announced Sunday that the quake that rocked Nagano Prefecture on Saturday was highly likely to have been caused by a jolt along a section of the Kamishiro Fault, located in the northern area of the prefecture. (The Japan News)
Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, said Tuesday that around 16,000 New Year greeting cards ("nengajo") have been stolen from 26 Lawson convenience stores. Security cameras have captured footage of two men who are believed to be the thieves. (Japan Today)
Murder suspect Chisako Kakehi invested most of the about Y1 billion she inherited from her spouses and lovers in futures trading and other financial products over the past few years, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned from investigative sources. (The Japan News)
Japanese public prosecutors on Friday demanded a prison sentence of 10 years for Yusuke Katayama, who is accused of hijacking other people's personal computers and using them to send online threats. (Jiji Press)