An Invitation to a charity bazaar

Asia-Pacific Embassies including Cambodia, China, Fiji, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam will hold "Friends for Friends Charity Bazaar on May 16 - 17, 2011 at Asean Japan Center situated in Shin-Onarimon Bldg., at 6-17-19 Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

Lovely handicrafts and delicious delicacies will be on sale, and all proceeds will be donated to alleviate the sufering of poeple affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

The bazaar will start at 10:00 a.m., ending at 4:00 p.m. each day. The nearest station is Onarimon Station on the Toei Mita Line. Use the Exit A4.

Nuclear fuel at Fukushima No. 1 unit melted after full exposure, TEPCO admits

The Mainichi Daily News reported on Thursday, May 12 that water inside the troubled No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was at an unexpectedly low level, not enough to cover the nuclear fuel, hinting that a large part of the fuel melted after being fully exposed, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Thursday based on data obtained by adjusted gauges.

But the plant operator said the water at the bottom of the reactor pressure vessel holding the fuel is keeping the melted fuel cool, assuring that the company is succeeding in preventing the reactor's fuel from overheating by injecting water from outside.

The utility had earlier estimated that 55 percent of the reactor core at the No. 1 unit has been damaged. It is unknown how much fuel melted and dropped to the bottom, but the fuel is unlikely to be at its original position.

The latest finding on the situation inside the unit--one of the six at the plant crippled by the March 11 massive quake and tsunami--suggests that a significant amount of the water injected into the reactor core to keep the fuel cool as an emergency measure was leaking out to the primary container.

A TEPCO official said the company will review its plan to flood the primary container up to the lever above the fuel.

The above is an excerpt from the article. To be honest, who and what can we really believe? Are they sure of getting somewhere?

What has driven Prime Minister Kan Naoto's about-face?

The New York Times said on Tuesday, May 10 that Japan would scrap plans for new nuclear plants. The Times quoted Mr. Kan Naoto as saying that Japan would abandon plans to build new nuclear reactors, adding Japan needed to "start from scratch" in creating a new energy policy. His government released last year to build 14 more reactors by 2030 to increase the share of nuclear power in Japan's electricity supply to 50%, 20% higher than now.

Last week, he requested the Chubu Electric Power Company to suspend operations at the Hamaoka nuclear plant, which stands on an active earthquake fault line. It took the Company some days to finally agreed to shut down the plant until some measures could be taken to strengthen it agains earthquakes and tsunamis. He indicated later that Japan would remain committed to nuclear power.

The Times says Prime Minister's apparent about-face may be driven partly by public opinion, which has soured on nuclear power since the Fukushima accident. It seems he wanted to impress on the Japanese people his stronger leadership role over "criticism of his government's sometimes slow and indecisive handling of the Fukushima accident".

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