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TEPCO launches process for compensating fishery workers 

All national dailies reported that TEPCO began accepting compensation claims on Monday from fishery workers who have been affected by reputational damage following the Fukushima water release. Nikkei said the amount of compensation is likely to reach 10 billion yen ($66.7 million) in total as fishery workers nationwide were impacted by reputational damage as a result of China’s blanket import ban on Japanese….Read more

  • October 3, 2023
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G7 to establish new framework for decarbonization supply chains 

Saturday’s Yomiuri reported on a G7 plan to launch a new framework in October aimed at rebuilding supply chains for decarbonization, saying that the seven industrialized economies will provide emerging and developing countries with funding and technology so that they can develop, process, and refine the key minerals necessary for assembling solar panels and other energy-conservation equipment that will help….Read more

  • September 30, 2023
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Chinese disinformation on Fukushima water release drops off sharply 

Sunday’s Nikkei took up the results of a study of messages on the Fukushima water discharge posted on the major Chinese social media platform Weibo, saying that the number of tweets criticizing the discharge issued by pro-Chinese government accounts plunged to 1/25th within the first week of the operation that began on Aug. 24. According to the daily, hardly any….Read more

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Japan, Malaysia sign document on underground CO2 storage

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s industry ministry and the Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security will cooperate with Malaysia’s state-run National Petroleum Ltd. on technology to capture carbon dioxide, including from power plants, and store it underground.   The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding for the cooperation on Wednesday.   It will be the first overseas storage….Read more

  • September 28, 2023
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Second batch of Fukushima water to be discharged next month 

All national dailies highlighted a TEPCO announcement yesterday that the second batch of treated water will be released into the ocean from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant beginning on Oct. 5 and that a total of some 7,800 tons of such water will be discharged during the 17-day operation at a rate of 460 tons per day. The utility has….Read more

  • September 29, 2023
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Japan’s seafood exports to China plunge in August

NHK reported that according to the Finance Ministry, Japan’s exports of fishery products, excluding processed foods, to China dropped in August by about 75% in value from the same month last year, apparently due to China’s blanket ban on Japanese seafood imports in response to the start of the Fukushima water release. The network said the GOJ has decided to….Read more

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Toxic PFAS over 3 times limit found in groundwater near central Japan SDF base

HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka — Surveys of groundwater around an Air Self-Defense Force base in this central Japan city detected toxic PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) over three times provisional limits, city officials announced Sept. 25.   Organic fluorine compounds classified as PFAS include perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), considered carcinogenic. In August, the Hamamatsu Municipal Government announced the results of the original survey….Read more

  • September 27, 2023
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Russia urged to not follow China’s lead in banning import of Japanese marine products

Fuji TV reported that in response to the announcement made by Russian food safety authorities that they are considering joining China in banning the import of Japanese marine products in response to the Fukushima water discharge, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said this morning that Tokyo is calling for Moscow to act “based on scientific data.” He noted that the safety….Read more

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Japan, Central Asian nations to strengthen cooperation in decarbonization

All national dailies reported that METI hosted Japan’s inaugural minister-level economic and energy dialogue with five Central Asian nations in Tokyo on Tuesday, after which the participants formally announced that they will strengthen cooperation in the areas of decarbonization and energy. According to Yomiuri, Japan will provide environmental technological assistance to the five nations under the new dialogue that builds….Read more

  • September 27, 2023
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Minister Takaichi stresses safety of Fukushima treated water

Yomiuri reported from Vienna on the annual IAEA conference that began in Vienna on Monday, saying that Economic Security Minister Takaichi, who is also Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy, attended the meeting and called for international understanding for the release of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Takaichi reportedly said: “One month has passed….Read more

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