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 Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, are investigating the mutilation deaths of three cats whose bodies were left in a park. Two were found dead in February, and the third was found on Saturday. (Japan Today)
People in Tokyo are observing the 69th anniversary of the devastating US air raid on the Japanese capital during World War Two. (NHK)
Banging on drums and waving "Sayonara nukes" signs, thousands of people rallied in a Tokyo park and marched to Parliament on Sunday to demand an end to nuclear power ahead of the third anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. (scmp.com)
New Zealand doctors said Friday that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. (USA Today)
An international survey shows Japanese men fell into a group doing the least housework. (NHK)