Tepco prepares to start pumping tainted water from No. 3
Highly radioactive water flooding the Fukushima power plant's No. 3 reactor will be transferred to a waste-disposal facility Tuesday to prevent it from tainting the environment, Tepco said Monday. The move is essential to preventing the excess water from contaminating the environment and to repairing the reactor, which was damaged by the March 11 quake and tsunami. The water, which was sprayed into the building earlier to prevent the reactor's core from melting down, is preventing workers from entering and may also be leaking into the adjacent turbine building and other places.
(Japan Times, May 17)
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 41-year-old construction worker on suspicion of stealing over 10 million yen in cash and precious jewels. (Japan Today)
Japan opened the Imperial Palace to the public on Saturday, starting a string of special palace openings to celebrate the longevity of Emperor Akihito who turned 80 last December. (Jiji Press)
Hatsune Miku, a computer-generated Japanese pop star who performs as a hologram, is to support some of Lady Gaga's tour of North America next month, the U.S. songstress has announced on Twitter. (Japan Today)
Haruki Murakami's first collection of short stories in nine years hit store shelves in Japan on Friday with excited fans lining up for the midnight launch. (Japan Times)
A police officer has been arrested for assaulting a woman on a train car in Tokyo. Police identified the suspect as Akira Inada, 53, who works at the Ushigome Station. (Japan Today)