Three years ago, engineers at Fukushima Daiichi faced extremely difficult conditions as they tried to prevent a series of meltdowns. For the first time since the accident, NTV has been given access to one of the control rooms where they waged a desperate battle.Other news: Lifting of evacuation orders delayed in two Fukushima municipalities; Fishing resumes in Minamisoma.
Three years ago, engineers at Fukushima Daiichi faced extremely difficult conditions as they tried to prevent a series of meltdowns. For the first time since the accident, NTV has been given access to one of the control rooms where they waged a desperate battle.
Fishermen are back in business in waters off Fukushima, and they report that their catch is perfectly safe to eat.
The decontamination of some areas affected by the nuclear accident is running behind schedule. The situation has forced authorities to delay by at least another year the lifting of evacuation orders in two municipalities.
Three famous chefs are teaming to aid recovery efforts in eastern Japan with a new line of gourmet canned goods. Featuring locally-caught shark fin and mackerel, cooking and canning is being done in factories in the affected area to boost slow-moving economies. Both practical and delicious, these palate pleasers can be added to emergency food supply stocks. Shoppers offering their support are stocking up at a special fair in central Tokyo.
The Japanese government is sending a representative to the Sochi Paralympics. Senior Vice Education Minister Yoshitaka Sakurada is on his way to attend tomorrow’s (Friday) opening ceremony. With the Russian army occupying part of the Ukraine, world powers including the U-S and Great Britain have decided against sending representatives. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan is well aware of the situation with Russia but that politics should not interfere with the Paralympics. Japan’s decision is also based on its position as host of the upcoming 2020 Olympic games.
Four men are behind bars in western Japan after using a popular messaging application to sell underage prostitutes. They sold time with the girls on Line as well as dating message boards. Girls between the ages of 13 and 20 were recruited from different cities around Japan. All four men have admitted to the allegations, saying they were just trying to make a quick buck.
A 24-year-old man is in police custody in connection with a stabbing spree in suburban Tokyo. The man attacked and robbed four random people on Monday, killing one and wounding three. In a strange twist, the man pretended to be a witness and was interviewed by media outlets on Tuesday. He also happened to live in the same apartment building as the murdered man. The suspect admitted to the stabbings after submitting voluntarily to police questioning. Police say the man has admitted that his motive was money. They say he was unemployed and receiving welfare benefits as well as assistance from his parents.
It’s back to the future for women’s fashions in Japan, where a new type of panty based on the traditional loincloth is proving a hit. A pair of moms created the new panties after experiencing the pain of eczema. They run their new business out of a small shop in Hiroshima, but they’ve got big plans. A customer says at first she didn’t know where to put her legs, but now she swears by the panties. The secret to the so-called “full moon” panties is they don’t have any elastic bands that constrict blood flow. Instead, they tie like traditional Japanese loincloths. A researcher at Hiroshima University shows how they…
Japan’s government says it may create a set of rules to govern the virtual currency bitcoin. This comes after the collapse of Tokyo’s Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, and other online platforms. Japanese officials said they would likely treat bitcoin not as a currency, but as a taxable commodity. Banks would also be prohibited from dealing in bitcoin. Officials said they needed to better grasp how bitcoin was being traded before deciding how to regulate transactions. Mt. Gox shut down last week after hackers made off with more than roughly half a billion dollars in bitcoin.