August 11, 2011 Japan is removing its nuclear safety agency from its trade ministry, dissolving a relationship that was criticized during the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster. The news came as Prime Minister Naoto Kan again confirmed his intention to resign, possibly by the end of this month.
August 4, 2011 Japan is firing three top nuclear energy officials, nearly five months after the country's Fukushima nuclear disaster. And Banri Kaieda, the industry minister in charge of energy policy, said that he will resign after he replaces the officials.
June 20, 2011 In the U.S., meanwhile, "federal regulators have been working closely with the nuclear power industry to keep the nation's aging reactors operating within safety standards by repeatedly weakening those standards," the AP reports.
June 15, 2011 Those parents say the government should be evacuating everyone 18 and under and any woman who is pregnant, not waiting three more months and then only issuing badges that will be checked one a month to determine exposure.
The tsunami flows over sea walls towards TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011. This photo was taken by Tokyo Electric Power Company.
May 24, 2011 President Obama will visit Joplin, Missouri Sunday; tornado death toll at 116; nuclear fuel meltdown at Fukushima plant but material still contained; Chrysler will repay its debt to the U.S. government; Bob Dylan turns 70
A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River near Vicksburg, Mississippi on May 18, 2011.
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May 20, 2011 Mississippi River crests in Vicksburg, Miss.; concerns about oil and gas wells in projected flood zone; Libya has released foreign journalists; U.S. diplomats attacked in Pakistan; Japanese nuclear utility loses billions as leader resigns; one of North Korea's leaders is visiting China.
An aerial view of Chubu Electric Power's Hamaoka nuclear power plant in February 2005.
May 9, 2011 Chubu Electric Power will suspend nuclear production at its Hamaoka plant south of Tokyo. Last Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked the utility to stop nuclear production there, because the plant lies atop a fault line and just off the Pacific Ocean.
May 6, 2011 Citing the risk of devastating earthquakes, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan asked Chubu Electric Power to close three nuclear reactors at its Hamaoko nuclear plant
April 29: An image from video taken by Tokyo Electric Power Co. as robots explored the nuclear reactor building of Unit 1 at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant.
May 5, 2011 Working two at a time for 10 minute shifts because of the "high levels of radioactive substances," the team members will first install an air purifier. Later, they will install a new system to circulate cooling water within the reactor.
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