No Irregularities Reported At Nuclear Power Plants

No irregularities reported at nuclear power plants

Kyushu Electric Power Company says there are no irregularities at its Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, and that the reactors are operating normally.

It also says the Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture is operating normally.

Nuclear Plants' Anti-terror Measures Delayed

Nuclear plants' anti-terror measures delayed

Nuclear plant operators in Japan say it will be difficult to install anti-terrorism facilities at their plants within the timeframe set by the government.

They informed the Nuclear Regulation Authority of the expected delays at a meeting on Wednesday.

Japan To Rule Out Coal-fired Plants As International Criticism Rises

Japan to rule out coal-fired plants as international criticism rises

The Environment Ministry said that in principle it will not sanction construction of new large coal-fired power plants nor boilers to existing facilities in line with Japan's international pledges to tackle global warming.

Moves are spreading worldwide to shun facilities that burn fossil fuels because they spew so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Toyota Investing $750m, Adding 600 Jobs At 5 U.s. Plants

Toyota investing $750M, adding 600 jobs at 5 U.S. plants

BUFFALO, W.Va. — Toyota on Thursday announced it is investing an additional $750 million at five U.S. plants that will bring nearly 600 new jobs, including the production of two hybrid vehicles for the first time at its Kentucky facility. It marks yet another expansion of the Japanese automaker's U.S. presence, bringing to nearly $13 billion the amount it will spend by 2021. The latest investments are at facilities in Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia. Those same facilities were part of a 2017 announcement by Toyota for a $374 million investment to support production of its first American-made hybrid powertrain. Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz said the latest investments "represent even more examples of our long-term commitment to build where we sell. By boosting our U.S. manufacturing footprint, we can better serve our customers and dealers and position our manufacturing plants for future success with more domestic capacity." Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky, facility will get a $238 million infusion to produce hybrid versions of Lexus ES 300 sedans starting in May and the Rav4 SUV starting in January 2020, the company announced. It also includes $288 million to increase annual engine capacity at Toyota's Huntsville, Alabama, facility. The plant will add 450 jobs to accommodate new four-cylinder and V6 engine production lines. Last year Toyota and Mazda announced plans to build a $1.6 billion joint-venture plant in Huntsville that will eventually employ about 4,000 people. Toyota also is spending $62 million on equipment to boost production of Toyota and Lexus cylinder heads at its Bodine Aluminum facility in Troy, Missouri, as part of its cost-saving New Global Architecture production strategy to share common parts and components among different vehicles. A $50 million expansion and equipment upgrade at its Bodine plant in Jackson, Tennessee, will add 13 jobs and produce engine blocks while doubling the capacity of hybrid transaxle cases and housings. And Toyota will add 123 jobs and spent $111 million to expand its plant and purchase equipment in Buffalo, West Virginia, to double the capacity of hybrid transaxles. Previously, Toyota also announced a $600 million investment at its Princeton, Indiana, plant to increase the capacity of its Highlander SUV and to incorporate the new production strategy, and $170 million to launch the 2020 Corolla on a new production line in Blue Springs, Mississippi.

Many Around Nuclear Plants Lack Iodine Tablets

Many around nuclear plants lack iodine tablets

An NHK survey shows that more than 40 percent of the people living around nuclear power plants across Japan have not yet received iodine tablets as a precaution in the event of a nuclear accident.

Radioactive iodine may be released into the environment during an accident at a nuclear plant. The substance could cause cancer when taken into the thyroid gland. Use of iodine tablets is a preventive measure.

Toyota To Halt Japan Plants After Quake

Toyota to halt Japan plants after quake

Toyota Motor says it will halt operations on Monday at 16 of its 18 assembly plants in Japan following the forced closure of a parts plant in quake-hit Hokkaido.

Operations at the transmission parts plant, located in the city of Tomakomai, were halted due to a power cut triggered by Thursday's earthquake.

Omiya/saitama: Bonsai And The Appreciation For Small Plants

Lisa's In and Around Tokyo: Omiya/Saitama: Bonsai and the appreciation for small plants

The art of bonsai, dwarfed trees and shrubs in pots, can be traced back more than a thousand years to China.

Initially, bonsai in Japan was enjoyed exclusively by the upper class. In the later stages of the Edo Period (1603-1867), it gradually reached the masses, who unlike those who resided in noble mansions, lived in small row houses without much greenery.

Plants Growing On Miyakejima Peak For 1st Time Since Eruption

Plants growing on Miyakejima peak for 1st time since eruption

Plants are covering the peak of Mount Oyama on Miyakejima island south of Tokyo for the first time since the volcano erupted in July 2000.

"The amount of volcanic gases has significantly declined since last year, likely allowing plants to grow rapidly around the summit," said Hiroyoshi Higuchi, a professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, who has been studying the ecosystem of the island each year since the eruption.

Underwater Robot Probe Inside Fukushima Plant's No. 3 Reactor Begins

Underwater robot probe inside Fukushima plant's No. 3 reactor begins

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant began on Wednesday probing inside a contaminated water-filled reactor containment vessel at one of its units using an underwater robot.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., the plant operator, is hoping to discover the precise location and condition of melted fuel debris inside the No. 3 reactor, one of the three units which suffered meltdowns in the 2011 nuclear crisis following a massive earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese Firm Releases Combiner Box For Dc1,500v Solar Plants

Japanese Firm Releases Combiner Box for DC1,500V Solar Plants

Wave Energy Inc exhibited the "Solar Box" DC1,500V combiner box for solar power plants at JECA Fair 2017, which runs from May 17 to 19, 2017, in Koto-ku, Tokyo, and started to accept orders for it.

Wave Energy (Minato-ku, Tokyo) is a company that deals with distribution boards, solar power generation facilities, etc.

Omron To Release Multipurpose Measurement Device For Solar Plants

Omron to Release Multipurpose Measurement Device for Solar PlantsOmron Corp announced Sept 1, 2016, that it will release the "DC Fault Tester" DC (direct-current) safety inspection device for solar power generation systems.
The device can carry out four kinds of measurements for power generation systems, improving inspection and maintenance efficiencies. Omron developed it in collaboration with Shin-Ei Denshi Co Ltd (Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture) and will release it in December 2016.