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Fukushima plant’s new ice wall not watertight

Fukushima plant's new ice wall not watertight

TOKYO (AP) — Coping with the vast amounts of ground water flowing into the broken Fukushima nuclear plant — which then becomes radiated and seeps back out — has become such a problem that Japan is building a 35 billion yen ($312 million) “ice wall” into the earth around it. But even if the frozen barrier built with taxpayers’ money ...

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Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

Japan regulators OK costly ice wall at Fukushima plant

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese regulators on Wednesday approved the use of a giant refrigeration system to create an unprecedented underground frozen barrier around buildings at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in an attempt to contain leaking radioactive water. The Nuclear Regulation Authority said the structure, which was completed last month, can now be activated. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power ...

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Japan reports biggest trade surplus in over 4 years

Japan reports biggest trade surplus in over 4 years

TOKYO (AP) — Japan posted its biggest trade surplus in over four years in February, thanks to a strengthening in the yen and weak oil prices, though both imports and exports fell, suggesting persisting slack demand both in Japan and overseas. Preliminary data reported Thursday showed exports fell 4 percent from a year earlier to 5.7 trillion yen ($50.5 billion) ...

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US stocks fall early as energy, materials companies slide

US stocks fall early as energy, materials companies slide

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks skidded Tuesday morning as beleaguered energy and materials companies fell along with the price of oil and precious metals. The Bank of Japan cut its economic forecasts, which hurt stocks overseas, and the U.S. Commerce Department reported surprisingly weak retail sales. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average declined 80 points, or 0.5 percent, ...

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BY THE NUMBERS: The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

The Fukushima nuclear disaster, 5 years on

TOKYO (AP) — Five years after a powerful earthquake and tsunami sent the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan into multiple meltdowns, cleaning up the mess both onsite and in surrounding towns remains a work in progress. Here’s a look, by the numbers, at the widespread effects of radiation from the March 11, 2011, disaster: ___ 164,865: Fukushima residents ...

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