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Totally WTF? No technical updates from Fukushima Daiichi, or daini for that matter… but COME TO JAPAN AND VISIT THE THE NORTH EASTERN PART OF JAPAN, IGNORE THE RADIOACTIVE FALLOUT, BE “PATRIOTIC”, BUY THINGS AND EAT RADIOACTIVE FOOD? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Emergency drill held at Ohi nuclear plant
An emergency drill was held at the Ohi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Sunday.
It came ahead of the release of the Nuclear Safety Commission’s review of the stress tests that the plant must pass in order to resume operations.
The operator of the plant, Kansai Electric Power Company, carried out the drill to check if the safety procedures can prevent an accident like the one at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
In the drill, the reactors were assumed to have lost all power after tsunami induced by an earthquake off Wakasa Bay hit the plant — a situation similar to what happened in Fukushima a year ago.
Workers activated emergency generators installed on high ground after last year’s accident.
They then connected a hose to a pump that would be used to supply sea water to cool the reactors, confirming each step to be taken when the power is lost.
The plant has so far met only 4 of the 30 additional safety measures set by the government.
A quake-resistant building that is to house the local command headquarters in the event of an emergency will take 5 more years to finish. The renovation work to keep water from entering the reactor buildings through their doors has only been partially completed.
It is not yet known whether local municipalities will agree to resume operations at the plant.
Sunday, March 18, 2012 23:27 +0900 (JST)
Tohoku tourism expo opens
A campaign has begun to rebuild tourism in Japan’s northeast region, devastated by last year’s earthquake and tsunami.
A ceremony was held at Tokyo Station on Sunday to celebrate the opening of what is called the Destination Tohoku Campaign, with Tourism Minister Takeshi Maeda in attendance.
Governor Takuya Tasso of Iwate, one of the 3 hardest-hit prefectures, asked for visits by many people to Tohoku, saying tourism is crucial for reconstruction from the disaster.
In the campaign, the entire Tohoku region is presented as an expo site. Visitors can get information on sightseeing spots in the region and a special discount passport to use at restaurants and tourist facilities while traveling around the region.
Among other events is a tour to Fukushima on a bullet train leaving Tokyo Station. A visitor said she wants to help in rebuilding the affected region by spending money on eating and buying souvenirs.
Last year saw a decline of about 20 percent from the figure a year earlier in the number of people who used inns and hotels in 6 prefectures in Tohoku due to the disaster.
The Tourism Agency hopes to see the number of tourists return to the same level as before the disaster during the campaign, which will run through next March.
Sunday, March 18, 2012 13:08 +0900 (JST)
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