Power, Water Remain Severed In Chiba Prefecture

Power, water remain severed in Chiba Prefecture

Hundreds of thousands of homes in Chiba Prefecture are still without electricity and water after Typhoon Faxai ripped through the greater Tokyo area on Monday.

The storm left up to 640,000 houses in the prefecture without power. Two people died of suspected heatstroke symptoms.

Fishermen React To Ex-minister's Water Dump Idea

Fishermen react to ex-minister's water dump idea

A fishermen's group in Japan has demanded that the former environment minster withdraw his remarks on releasing wastewater kept at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the ocean.

The national federation of fisheries cooperatives, known as JF Zengyoren, held a news conference on Wednesday.

Hospitals Still Without Power, Water After Typhoon

Hospitals still without power, water after typhoon

Japan's health ministry says more than 24,900 households in Tokyo, Chiba and Shizuoka prefectures still remain cut off from water supplies as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sixty-two hospitals are likely to have been hit by the power outage or water shortage. Ministry officials confirmed that 37 are providing treatment and other services as usual, but they have yet to confirm how the other 25 are coping.

Minister: Water Release Into Sea Is 'only Option'

Minister: Water release into sea is 'only option'

Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada has said he thinks the only way to stop the buildup of wastewater that is contaminated with radioactive tritium at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is to release it into the sea.

About 170 tons of wastewater containing mostly tritium is building up at the nuclear plant each day. Wastewater from the damaged reactor buildings is cleared of most other radioactive substances.

Water Being Drained From Flooded Town In Saga

Water being drained from flooded town in Saga

Workers are draining water in a town in Saga Prefecture, western Japan, after floods isolated a hospital and many houses.

The land ministry is using 11 pumps to drain water around Juntendo Hospital and the surrounding areas in Omachi Town. The water was 70 to 80 centimeters deep around the hospital where more than 200 people were inside when the building was inundated.

Tdk's Ai Bonsai Follows Sunlight, Asks For Water

TDK's AI Bonsai Follows Sunlight, Asks For Water

Bonsai trees are beautiful and live longer than humans, but everyone knows that they require maintenance and dedication. Bons-AI is an interactive demo from TDK which pushes the whole Bonsai concept into the future.

Transformed into a smart tree thanks to its high-tech base, the tree can now move around to place itself at the best location to receive sunlight. The base can accept up to a 20 Kg (~40 Lbs) weight, in other words: a very beautiful (and old) Bonsai.

Tepco Failed To Spot Leak Of Contaminated Water

TEPCO failed to spot leak of contaminated water

Tokyo Electric Power Company says it has determined that water containing radioactive substances leaked from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant for more than two years. The company says there is no impact on the environment.

The utility says workers discovered water from an unknown source in an underground tunnel on January 10th at the plant.

Japan Enacts Revision To Water Supply Act

Japan enacts revision to water supply act

Japan has for the first time enacted a law allowing private sector companies to obtain the concession to operate water supply services.

The revised Water Supply Act was approved with a majority vote at a Lower House plenary session of the Diet on Thursday.

Bridge Reopens, Water Still Cut Off At Suo-oshima

Bridge reopens, water still cut off at Suo-Oshima

Road access between an island in western Japan and the mainland has been restored. It was severed after a foreign cargo ship on Monday collided with the bridge that provides the only link by car. But it may take at least two weeks before water supplies are back to normal.

Suo-Oshima Town in Yamaguchi Prefecture is located in the Inland Sea and has about 9,000 households.

Island In Western Japan Has No Water, Road Access

Island in western Japan has no water, road access

An island in western Japan has no water or road access after a pipe and cables on the bridge connecting the town to the mainland were severed.

A Malta-registered cargo ship is believed to have collided with the bridge early Monday morning.

Town's Water Supply Cut After Ship Hits Bridge

Town's water supply cut after ship hits bridge

The water supply to an island town in Japan's Inland Sea has been cut after a ship apparently collided with a bridge.

Officials from Suo-Oshima in Yamaguchi Prefecture say water started leaking early on Monday morning from a pipe on the bridge that connects the town with the main island of Honshu.

Fukushima Cooling Water Too Radioactive To Release

Fukushima cooling water too radioactive to release

Tokyo Electric Power Company has admitted that much of the water stored at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had not been treated completely enough for release into the environment.

How to dispose of an ever-increasing amount of radioactive water at the plant is a big issue. The contaminated water is generated daily in the process of cooling the damaged reactors.

Evacuees Still Fetching Water In Quake-hit Atsuma

Evacuees still fetching water in quake-hit Atsuma

Six days after a violent earthquake hit Hokkaido, northern Japan, people living near the epicenter are still being forced to fetch water at evacuation centers.

In Atsuma town, which was hardest-hit, the temperature dropped to 7.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday morning. But that was slightly better than the previous day, when it hit the season's lowest.