Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Thursday promised to make all-out efforts to prevent impacts on the fishing industry from leaks of radiation-contaminated water from its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
At a meeting with National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations head Hiroshi Kishi, TEPCO President Naomi Hirose apologized for the massive water leaks.
Hirose said the company has set up a task force directly supervised by him to deal with the water leaks at the plant, which was damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Japan has been stung by its third political scandal in a week after the country's new industry minister - whose predecessor resigned over allegations of misspending - admitted that his staff had spent office money at a sex bar. (The Guardian)
The government said Friday it has chosen Nobel physics prize laureates Shuji Nakamura and Hiroshi Amano and five others as this year's winners of Japan's top cultural award, the Order of Culture. (Kyodo)
In possibly a legal first, a female civil servant on Tuesday sued the government over what she calls institutional sexism at the ministry she works for, citing almost two decades of blocked promotions and pay raises. (Japan Times)