The News Roundup May 15 – 21

This past week more information has surface about the 3/11 earthquake in Japan, as well as the details surrounding the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.  It now looks as if two of the reactors has a complete meltdown, and early on in the crisis.

TEPCO had been using containment and cooling strategies under the assumption that the reactors had only suffered partial meltdowns, as a worst-case scenario.

As challenges burden the already challenged Japanese economy, the Japanese people seem to be growing more opposed to their nation’s heavy reliance on nuclear energy.

Here are some stories from the week:

Crisis Updates

311 Disaster Update #36 – 5/17/2011

Signs of big quake emerged in February

Meltdowns also likely occurred at No. 2, No. 3 reactors of Fukushima plant

TEPCO finds highly radioactive water leaked into Pacific Ocean

Government releases new map of predicted radiation exposure

A layman’s guide to the situation at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

Fukushima Workers Face Heat Stroke Danger

Politics

Hamaoka nuclear reactor completely shut down

More than 60% of voters support Hamaoka nuclear plant shutdown

Trouble hampered cold shutdown at Hamaoka

Sources: Kan halted cooling day after quake

China, S. Korea leaders show support for Japan near Fukushima plant

Society

Illustrated Diaries Chronicle 56 Years of Life in Japan

‘Meltdown’ is not a word to be used lightly

Man given life term for murder of high school girl

302 students change schools over radiation fears

Death of nuclear plant worker highlights need for proper health management

Nuclear plant workers suffer internal radiation exposure after visiting Fukushima

Chinese student returns to quake-hit Japan to contribute to international ties

Earthquake Creates Hot Spring Under Apartment Building

Tokyo: What lessons can Japan learn from the disasters of March 11?

Economy

Protracted battle to contain crippled nuclear plant could lead to utility’s liquidation

Struggling from lack of teachers, Miyagi Prefecture employs retired instructors

Tepco suffers record ¥1.24 trillion group loss as president takes the fall

Radiation fears dampen Chinese students’ enthusiasm for studying in Japan

Japan, S. Korea eye reviving economy, tourism of quake-hit areas

Other News

New Android smartphones out to dethrone iPhone

Justin Bieber’s Post-Earthquake Visit to Japan