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  1. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Panasonic offers pollution premium on top of pay for staff sent to China

    Posted Mar 13th 2014, 11:41pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Tokyo Panasonic pays pollution premium to staff in China Japanese electronics giant Panasonic said yesterday it would pay employees sent to China a wage premium to compensate for the country's hazardous air pollution, in a possible first for an international company. The move was part of a wider deal reached in Japan's annual labour talks, which saw ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1448122/panasonic-offers-pollution-premium-top-pay-staff-sent-china
  2. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima nuclear plant diverting groundwater to stem contamination

    Posted May 21st 2014, 11:21pm by AFP

    ... battling the perception that their catch is not safe to eat because of pollutants from the plant. The bypass got the green light after Tepco pledged it would exceed normal safety standards. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1517444/fukushima-nuclear-plant-diverting-groundwater-stem-contamination
  3. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Pollution from China triggers health alert in Japan's Kumamoto prefecture

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... and not to exercise outside, while encouraging them to wear a surgical mask when they ventured out. A thick fug of pollution has blanketed Beijing and other Chinese cities a number of times over recent weeks. Last month, Japanese media reported a swirl of pollution was making its way from China, further complicating strained relations between Tokyo and Beijing, who are squabbling over disputed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1180527/pollution-china-triggers-health-alert-japans-kumamoto-prefecture
  4. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China’s thick smog arrives in Japan

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 06:25pm by AFP

    ... website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way. “Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, ... shrouded in thick, choking smog played out across television screens in Japan last week. News programmes have broadcast maps showing a swirl of pollution gathering strength across China ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1143209/chinas-thick-smog-arrives-japan
  5. News - Asia - JAPAN

    China off the hook for smog surge in Japan with volcano now being blamed

    Posted Nov 15th 2013, 03:50am by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo China off the hook for smog surge in Japan Just days after elevated levels of toxic PM2.5 particles in the air above parts of Japan were blamed on pollution from ... because the average hourly density of PM2.5 had exceeded the limit of 70 micrograms set by the government. Local media warned the public to be prepared for further inundations of pollution ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1356218/china-hook-smog-surge-japan-volcano-now-being-blamed
  6. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Japan’s Abe faces setback as anti-US-base Okinawa mayor gets elected

    Posted Jan 20th 2014, 12:29am by AP

    ... with accidents, pollution and crime such as the 1995 rape of a Japanese schoolgirl by three US servicemen. Seeking to soothe discontent, Abe’s government earmarked 348 billion yen (HK$26 billion) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1409363/japans-abe-faces-setback-anti-us-base-okinawa-mayor-gets-elected
  7. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima water decontamination system shutdown after chemical leak

    Posted Dec 01st 2013, 03:33pm by AFP

    ... it to shut down. In October, it was halted due to a programming mistake. Thousands of tonnes of water, used since the meltdown to cool reactors or polluted by other radioactive material, are being ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1370304/water-decontamination-system-trouble-japans-fukushima-plant
  8. News - Asia - JAPAN

    With Tokyo hosting 2020 Olympics, Fukushima plant faces more scrutiny

    Posted Sep 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... it was "likely" leaks from tanks storing highly polluted water had made their way into subterranean water that flows out into the sea. Tomoo Watanabe, director of the Research Centre for Fisheries ... have not seen any signs of that pollution spreading to fish," he said. About 300 tonnes of mildly contaminated groundwater was entering the ocean every day, Tepco said. Watanabe said fish ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1307936/tokyo-hosting-2020-olympics-fukushima-plant-faces-more-scrutiny
  9. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Strong typhoon heads for Japan and Fukushima nuclear plant

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 11:44am by AFP

    ... of the Fukushima plant, Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), said it was bracing for the storm after a series of leaks of radiation-polluted water. “We are making preparations for proper management ... have been halted, he said. Earlier this month the company announced 430 litres of polluted water had spilt from a tank as workers tried to remove rainwater dumped at the plant by recent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1332106/strong-typhoon-heads-japan-and-fukushima-nuclear-plant
  10. News - Asia - JAPAN

    Fukushima remains ‘very complex’ despite progress, says UN nuclear watchdog

    Posted Dec 04th 2013, 09:49pm by AFP

    ... of tonnes of water which was used to cool reactors or polluted by other radioactive material is a major headache. At present huge storage tanks are being used but there is no permanent solution. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1373148/fukushima-remains-very-complex-despite-progress-says-un-nuclear-watchdog

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