[b]TEPCO Status, October 31, 10:00 AM JST
They are continuing to raise the amount of water injected to Unit 1 to decrease the amount of steam and relative humidity in the building
The gas management system at Unit 2 is in use- At 3:05 pm on October 30, we adjusted the amount of water injection to the reactor of Unit 1 to approximately 6.5 ㎥/h in order to improve the working environment inside the covering, making it sure to mitigate the steam emission at the reactor building of Unit 1.
and water moving continuesAt 12:53 pm on October 28, we activated the exhaust fan of the gas management system of the reactor containment vessel in the reactor building and started test operation. As we confirmed stable operation of the system, from 6:00 pm on the same day, we put the system in operation. Regarding the hydrogen concentration of the gas management system of the reactor containment vessel in Unit 2, we confirmed that it increased to approx. 2.7vol% at 5:00pm on October 30, which was approx. 1vol% at the beginning of the operation. Therefore we adjusted the amount of injecting nitrogen gas to the Primary Containment Vessel from approx.16.5 N ㎥/h to 21 N ㎥/h at 6:10 pm on October 30 in order to avoid exceeding the combustible threshold concentration (4vol%) of hydrogen
NHK NEWS-From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 30, we transferred accumulated water from the turbine building of Unit 6 to the temporarily built tank.
-At 10:00 am on October 31, we started transferring accumulated water from the temporarily built tank to Mega-float.
It is good to see countries learning from the experiences of other countries.
Japan is supplying nuclear reactors to the rest of the world still.Fukushima officials leave for Chernobyl
A delegation from Fukushima Prefecture is en route to 2 former Soviet republics to investigate how they have dealt with lingering radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Fukushima University organized the 8-day trip to Ukraine and Belarus. More than 30 medical experts and municipal officials are participating, including Yuko Endo, the mayor of Kawauchi, a village near the disabled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
On Tuesday, the group will meet Belarusian officials in charge of disaster reconstruction and view the various kinds of devices being used to measure radiation.
The group will also visit the Chernobyl nuclear plant as well as schools and hospitals in areas where radiation levels remain high.
The group hopes to learn what decontamination measures have been taken and how the health of local residents is being monitored.
Kawauchi Village Mayor Endo says the delegation has a lot to learn from the Chernobyl accident, such as when the evacuees were allowed to return home. He says he'll try to make the best of the trip to rebuild his village.
Monday, October 31, 2011 11:06 +0900 (JST)
Vietnam PM confirms Japan's nuclear plant contract
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has reconfirmed his country's policy to purchase Japanese nuclear reactors despite the Fukushima accident.
The visiting prime minister met Japan's trade and industry minister Yukio Edano on Monday.
Dung told Edano that Vietnam trusts Japan's advanced nuclear technology. He said his government wants Japanese firms to build the world's safest nuclear power plants in the country.
Edano thanked Vietnam's continued confidence in the safety and technological quality of Japan's nuclear plants even after the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
Edano and Dung also agreed that the 2 countries will continue their joint mining of rare earth minerals in Vietnam.
Japanese companies last year won contracts to build 2 reactors. Vietnam plans to start operating by 2021 to meet increasing electricity demand.
Talks between Japan and Vietnam on government support and financial aid for the projects was suspended for awhile after the accident in Fukushima Prefecture.
Monday, October 31, 2011 15:43 +0900 (JST)
You'd think that people trained as doctors would have some better understanding than this. The drop in applications at Miyagi is particularly troubling.
Perhaps this blogger is correct, and more education is needed at a lower level. When I was a kid, a nuclear experiment set for children was available (as were chemistry sets). I never received one, as there were expensive, but it sounds like a good kit.Disaster zone expecting fewer trainee doctors
Hospitals in quake-struck northeastern Japan are seeing a drop in the number of medical school graduates wanting to undergo training at their facilities.
Under Japan's clinical training system, medical students must complete 2 years of residency to be fully certified as doctors, but can choose where to train.
The health ministry says the number of new doctors who have applied to train at hospitals from next April in the 3 worst-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima is down by 10 percent from the previous year.
The number of doctors applying to hospitals in Miyagi has plunged by 15 percent. Hospitals in Fukushima, where a nuclear accident has yet to be contained, have only received 61 applicants for 146 openings.
The drop comes despite the health ministry's appeal on its website for trainee doctors to make visiting tours to hospitals in the northeast.
The ministry says it may add more information online, such as profiles of the hospitals that are still seeking trainees.
Monday, October 31, 2011 11:25 +0900 (JST)