Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Wednesday that it has released some 40 tons of radioactive water from two temporary storage tanks at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station in northeastern Japan.
The two temporary tanks are used to store low-level radioactive water accumulated inside the barriers surrounding a group of regular storage tanks for radioactive water.
The company began the water release at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday (8:40 p.m. Tuesday GMT) to secure space for storage, after heavy rain from a powerful typhoon, called Wipha, caused an increase in the amount of water inside the barriers.
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
Japan will check the recent travel histories of all people arriving at international airports in the country to identify those who have visited Ebola-affected West African countries, the health ministry said Friday. (The Japan News)
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)