Weather Agency To End Most Plant, Animal Watching

Weather agency to end most plant, animal watching

Japan's weather officials will stop observations of about 90 percent of plants and animals that have continued for nearly 70 years.

The Meteorological Agency began observing the flowering of plants and the first chirping of animals in 1953 to report changes in season and climate.

Tepco: 11m Seawall Completed At Fukushima Plant

TEPCO: 11m seawall completed at Fukushima plant

The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says it has completed an 11-meter-high seawall to protect the facility from tsunami waves.

Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, erected the barrier based on a government panel warning three years ago. It said that a mega-quake along the Chishima Trench, beneath the sea near northern Japan, could cause a tsunami to hit the compound.

Hitachi Drops Uk Nuclear Plant Project

Hitachi drops UK nuclear plant project

Japanese industrial giant Hitachi is pulling the plug on construction of a nuclear power plant in Britain.

Hitachi says its board of directors decided on Wednesday to withdraw from the project on the island of Anglesey in Wales.

Mixed Views On Nuclear Fuel Plant Go-ahead

Mixed views on nuclear fuel plant go-ahead

Reactions are mixed on the decision by nuclear regulators to give the green light to complete the construction of a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho Village, Aomori Prefecture.

Masuda Naohiro, the president of the plant's operator, Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited, said it is a major step toward fulfilling its mission. He says the company aims to have the facility operating in a reliable and safe manner.

Nuclear Regulators Ok Fuel Reprocessing Plant

Nuclear regulators OK fuel reprocessing plant

Japan's nuclear regulators have given a firm the green light to complete the construction of a fuel reprocessing plant, which is the centerpiece of the government's nuclear fuel recycling policy.

The plant in Aomori Prefecture, northeastern Japan, is operated by Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited. The facility is designed to extract plutonium for recycling from spent nuclear fuel generated by power plants.

Regulators Likely To Ok Fuel Reprocessing Plant

Regulators likely to OK fuel reprocessing plant

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority is expected to give the go-ahead on Wednesday to a fuel reprocessing plant that is the centerpiece in the government's nuclear fuel recycling policy.

The plant in Aomori Prefecture, northern Japan, is operated by Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited. The facility is designed to extract plutonium for recycling from spent nuclear fuel generated by nuclear power plants.

Explosion At Central Japanese Honda Plant Injures 2 Workers

Explosion at Central Japanese Honda plant injures 2 workers

TOKYO — An explosion was reported at Honda Motor Co Ltd's plant in central Japan, police said on Sunday, with two workers sent to the hospital with burns.

The explosion at an electrical power distribution switchboard occurred at around 9:15 am local time (5:15 p.m. EDT Saturday) in Honda's plant in Suzuka city, Mie prefecture, an officer with the prefectural police said. Two workers in their 20s, who were checking the switchboard, were injured and sent to be treated, the officer said.

Honda's Wuhan, China, Plant Back Up, With Coronavirus Precautions

Honda's Wuhan, China, plant back up, with coronavirus precautions

WUHAN, China — Temperature checkpoints and posters telling workers to keep more than a meter apart at Japanese automaker Honda Motor Co's reopened plant in the Chinese city of Wuhan show how the coronavirus has created a new normal on the factory floor.

The plant, a Honda joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group, was shut in late January when authorities ordered a lockdown in Wuhan in a bid to snuff out the coronavirus, which emerged there late last year.

Honda To Reduce Production At Japan Plant Says Nikkei Report

Honda to reduce production at Japan plant says Nikkei report

Honda Motor Co will temporarily cut back production in Japan due to difficulty in sourcing parts from China amid the coronavirus outbreak, Nikkei Asian Review reported on Monday citing sources at auto parts suppliers and dealers.

The cutbacks, which will last for a few days beginning early March, will see a reduction in output by a few hundred vehicles at two plants in Saitama Prefecture, the report said.

Panasonic Pulls Out Of Tesla Solar Plant In New York

Panasonic pulls out of Tesla solar plant in New York

TOKYO/LOS ANGELES — Panasonic will exit solar cell production at Tesla's New York plant, the latest sign of strain in a partnership where Panasonic's status as the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) maker's exclusive battery supplier is ending.

The move increases uncertainty over Tesla's solar business which is already under scrutiny, having been drastically scaled back since the U.S. firm bought it for $2.6 billion in 2016.

Toyota Restarts Plant In Chengdu

Toyota restarts plant in Chengdu

Japanese carmaker, Toyota Motor, has resumed operations at a plant in Chengdu, China.

Monday's restart came as the facility secured sufficient workers and ensured its supply chain for components.