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Ito-Yokado sold beef linked to irradiated feed Major supermarket operator Ito-Yokado says it sold over

2,600 kilograms of meat from beef cattle fed with rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium exceeding the government limit. The company says 2,651 kilograms of beef from 24 cattle were sold at 94 outlets in Tokyo and 6 surrounding prefectures as well as Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Niigata prefectures and Hokkaido, between April and July 14th. Ito-Yokado is calling on people who purchased the beef to contact its stores and return the product. Since the issue came to light, supermarkets and department stores have revealed their sales of beef linked to the contaminated feed. On Thursday, another supermarket operator, Seiyu, said it had sold 126 kilograms of the beef. Department store operator Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings said its sales totaled 68 kilograms. Friday, July 22, 2011 07:59 +0900 (JST)

Prof. Nonaka speaks on cesium in rice straw A Japanese expert on radiation in soil says radioactive materials on rice straw and soil must be monitored even if they are located far from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Niigata University Professor Masanori Nonaka spoke about rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium above the government limit. Contaminated rice straw has been shipped nationwide as cattle feed. Nonaka said many farmers on the Pacific side of the Tohoku region leave rice straw on paddies to let it dry during winter. He said that was probably how the rice straw, like a sponge, absorbed cesium that had dissolved into rainwater, snow, and soil. Nonaka said radiation levels in the air were checked after the nuclear accident, but not those in the farmland, produce, and rice straw. He said this is how the rice straw contamination occurred. Nonaka said to ensure safety radiation in soil and rice straw must be checked, even if they are far away from the nuclear plant. Friday, July 22, 2011 04:24 +0900 (JST)

70% of Japan's nuclear reactors remains shut 37 nuclear reactors in Japan, or nearly 70 percent of them, remain shut. This includes 2 reactors operated by Kansai Electric Power Company in Fukui Prefecture that were recently closed for regular inspections. According to the plant operators, inspections for 11 of the 37 reactors will finish by August. But it is still unknown when any of these will be resumed due to the government's new stress-test requirements announced earlier this month.

The remaining 17 reactors that are currently in operation will also be brought to a halt for regular inspections every 13 months. Among these is the Kansai Electric Ohi power plant No. 4 reactor in Fukui Prefecture that will shut down by Saturday. An additional 3 reactors will be brought to a halt by August. Among the 13 other reactors in operation, 5 will be stopped by autumn, 6 by winter, and 2 by spring. This would leave Japan with no nuclear reactors in operation by spring next year. Friday, July 22, 2011 07:27 +0900 (JST)

Govt to fund intensive reconstruction for 5 years The Japanese government will spend about 240 billion dollars to reconstruct areas devastated by the March 11th disaster over the next 5 years, as part of a 10 year project. Steps for the plan include setting up special zones for deregulation and preferential tax treatment in the disaster areas, and promoting renewable energy businesses. Considering measures taken following the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, the government estimates that about 292 billion dollars will be required to complete the 10 year project. The government is planning intensive reconstruction over the first 5 years, through this year's supplementary budgets, spending cuts and the floatation of deficit-covering bonds. A temporary tax hike is envisaged to redeem the government bonds. Opinions, however, are still divided over when to increase the taxes. The government says it will make every effort to reach a consensus regarding how to increase taxes and other issues later in July. It also says it will draw up the basic policy of its reconstruction plan at the end of July. Thursday, July 21, 2011 18:53 +0900 (JST) Govt considers contaminated beef buy up The Japanese government is considering buying up all beef contaminated with radioactive cesium at levels exceeding the national safety limits. Radioactive cesium has been detected in beef shipments from Fukushima Prefecture. The cattle were fed straw contaminated with radioactive materials from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Senior Agriculture Vice-Minister Nobutaka Tsutsui told reporters on Thursday that the government is considering buying all the contaminated beef and incinerating it so that it cannot reach consumers. He said the leadership took similar steps when dealing with the issue of BSE, or mad cow disease. Tsutsui said that a system must be established to prevent any contaminated beef from being distributed.

He added that details of the plan, including funding, will be worked out by the end of this week. On Tuesday, the government ordered the suspension of beef cattle shipments from the prefecture, while cattle farmers and distributors are calling for relief. Thursday, July 21, 2011 18:01 +0900 (JST)

福島第1原発:3、4号機の電源停止
2011 年 7 月 22 日 11 時 28 分 更新:7 月 22 日 12 時 55 分  東京電力は22日、福島第1原発の3、4号機への電力供給が停止するトラブルが発生 したと発表した。外部電源の喪失は東日本大震災による復旧後初 めて。3号機の使用済 み核燃料プールや共用プールの冷却機能が一時停止した。21日に水位計の電源が落ちて 自動停止した汚染水処理システムは22日未明に 復旧したが、この影響で再び止まった。  外部電源が機能を失ったのは22日午前7時10分。外部電源の回路を多重化する工事 に伴い、21日夕から3、4号機などの電源回路をいったん停止。別の回路から電源を確 保していたが、回路の遮断機が何らかの原因で作動したため、供給が止まった。原因を調 べている。  電源喪失に伴い、3、4号機の原子炉内の圧力計と温度計も一時計測できなくなったほ か、免震重要棟の電源も一時失われた。一方、原子炉への注水 は、これまでに汚染水を 浄化した水が残っていたため 継 続した。1~3号機の窒素注入は別の電源のため 継 続して いる。このトラブルによる外部への放射性物質 の漏れはないという。【蓬田正志、比嘉 洋】

天然記念物の岬馬 伝染病感染 7 月 22 日 13 時 55 分 宮崎県串間市の都井岬に生息し、国の天然記念物に指定されている野 生の馬「岬馬」の一部が、馬の伝染病に感染していることが確認され、 宮崎県は、感染の拡大を防ぐため、22日、12頭を処分しました。

「岬 馬」は、宮崎県串間市の都井岬におよそ100頭生息し、国の天然記念物に指定さ れている野生の馬ですが、ことし4月から5月にかけて、このうちの12頭が 人には感 染しない馬の伝染病「馬伝染性貧血」に感染していることが確認されました。「馬伝染性 貧血」に感染すると、貧血や発熱の症状が出て死ぬことがあ り、アブなどの虫や母乳を 介して感染が広がるおそれもあることから、宮崎県や地元の串間市は、感染した馬を隔離 したうえで対応を検討してきました。その結 果、感染が親子の間以外にも広がっている 可能性が高いことや、馬を完全に隔離することが難しいことから、12頭を処分すること に決め、22日、処分しまし た。宮崎県畜産・口蹄疫復興対策局の永山英也局長は「群 れ全体への影響を考えた苦渋の決断だった。処分によって感染が広がるリスクはなくなっ たと考えてい る」と話しています。

汚染水処理施設また停止 配電盤のブ レーカー落ちる
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東京電力 原子力発電所

 22日午前7時10分ごろ、東京電力福島第一原子力発電所で、放射能汚染水の浄化処 理施設や原子炉の監視装置の一部、使用済み燃料プールの冷却装置など が一斉に止まっ た。原子炉を冷却するための注水システムは、別の電源から電気を供給しているため、正 常に作動しているという。  東電によると、電源を供給する変電所の配電盤のブレーカーが落ちて送電が止まった。 ブレーカーが故障した可能性があるという。東電が詳しい原因を調べている。  この影響で、汚染水の浄化処理施設、3号機の使用済み燃料プールの代替冷却装置、3、 4号機の原子炉の圧力計、水位計、温度計などの監視用の計測機器、使用済み燃料共用 プールの冷却装置への送電が止まり、装置が停止した。電源は復旧し、施設や装置を順次 立ち上げている。
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