Thursday , 22 October 2020

Asia

Exclusive: Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at #Fukushima an ’emergency’

(Reuters) – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday. This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head …

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Japan to mull pre-emptive strike ability in defense update

(Reuters) – Japan is likely to start considering acquiring the ability to launch pre-emptive military strikes in a planned update of its basic defense policies, the latest step away from the constraints of its pacifist constitution. The expected proposal, which could sound alarm bells in China, is part of a review of Japan’s defense policies undertaken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, an …

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Volunteers See #Fukushima Radiation on the Move

The radiation-mapping project launched shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster recently surpassed more than ten million data points, all gathered by a network of local volunteers. The maps show, among other things, that radiation levels are dropping more quickly than should be expected via half-life decay alone. Project director Sean Bonner says this may be a sign that radioactive …

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Afghan bomber on donkey kills 3 NATO-led soldiers

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — A suicide bomber clad as a farmer rode a donkey into a group of coalition and Afghan forces Tuesday and set off an explosion that killed three NATO-led soldiers and an interpreter, a provincial official said. The incident, which occurred in eastern Afghanistan, in Wardak province, also injured four Afghan soldiers, according to Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for …

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Tepco Says Toxic Water Leaked to Sea From #Fukushima Plant

Groundwater laced with radiation from melted reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic plant north of Tokyo has been leaking into the Pacific Ocean, raising concern the toxic water has been flowing into the sea since the disaster at the facility more than two years ago. Backtracking on previous comments, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) confirmed the groundwater leaks last night, earning a …

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JAPAN’S POPULATION DISASTER: SENIORS DIAPERS OUTSELLING DIAPERS FOR INFANTS

The Nikkei newspaper reported last week that three major Japanese paper products companies will be expanding into (ahem) diapers for seniors. So called “incontinence products” are flying off the shelves thanks to Japan’s aging population. The demographics are only going to skew older in the years to come, hence the Nikkeipredicted adult diapers will surpass the more typical variety for babies soon — and a …

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Free school lunch kills at least 22 #children in #India; #insecticide suspected

PATNA, INDIA—At least 22 children died and more than two dozen others were sick after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide, Indian officials said Wednesday. It was not immediately clear how chemicals ended up in the food in a school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said the food may not have been properly …

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Steam rising from reactor building in #Fukushima

(Reuters) – Steam is rising from a destroyed building that houses a reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the operator of the plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said on Thursday. The utility, widely known as Tepco, said the levels of radioactivity around the plant had remained unchanged and it was still looking into what triggered the emission. “We think …

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60% of online ad spending in Asia goes to Google, Facebook

NEW DELHI: Internet giants Google and Facebook account for more than half of the advertising revenue spent online in Asia, a study said. Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) report on environment for Asia’s internet businesses revealed that the market is challenging as its size in Asia is still small and there are many players competing in the online advertising space. Monetization …

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