In October this year, work finished to remove cover panels that were installed over the building after the disaster.
Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502, Toshiba) and Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TOKYO:9501, TEPCO) today announced that they have signed an agreement to establish T. T. Network Infrastructure Japan Corporation, a joint venture that will undertake the engineering support, operation and service business of power transmission and distribution (T&D) systems in overseas markets. The new company will be established on September 2 and be capitalized at 100 million yen (US$1 million, Toshiba: 85.1%, TEPCO: 14.9%).
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have jointly developed a remotely controlled survey robot that will conduct on-site surveys on the first floor of a nuclear reactor building at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station of Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO) and help discern structures in high and narrow areas. This newly-developed survey robot will begin working inside the reactor building on June 18, 2013.
The move was pushed forward after four prefectures located along the Sea of Japan released their own estimates, which state that the scale of a potential earthquake in the area where the nuclear plant is located is in fact up to around 2.8 times stronger than what TEPCO has estimated.