The News Roundup: May 1 – 7

Prime Minister Naoto Kan made a public request for Chubu Electric to shut down its nuclear power plant in Hamaoka, Kyushu, where it is predicted there will be a large earthquake.  As people work hard to clean up the Tohoku region, an international victory in figure skating shows that Japan’s spirit, energy, and passion is still very much alive.

Here’s the news from this week.

Radiation levels drop inside troubled No. 1 reactor building

Chubu Electric puts off decision on suspending Hamaoka nuclear plant

Temporary housing for all vowed by Bon

Ties bind Japan nuke sector, regulators

Calls to keep boat as tsunami memento rejected

Debris disposal poses problems for quake-affected areas

Tourism still slow in quake-hit region

Kan: TEPCO must pay compensation

Foreigners Held in North Korea Pose Diplomatic Challenge

FIGURE SKATING/ Ando captures second world title