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  • World Briefs: Nuclear plant operator gets billion-dollar bailout

    The government approved a $12.5 billion public bailout Wednesday for the operator of Japan's tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant and put it under temporary state control.


  • Japan, US, EU discuss rare earth supply security

    Officials from the United States, the European Union and Japan are pledging to work closer together on ways to ensure secure supplies of strategically vital rare earths and other critical materials.


  • Tokyo Electric Power Co. President Toshio Nishizawa, right, looks up as Japan's Nuclear Crisis Minister Goshi Hosono, left, speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of TEPCO, the operator of the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, in Tokyo Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, shortly after Japan's prime minister announced that the nuclear plant has achieved a stable state of "cold shutdown," a crucial step toward the eventual lifting of evacuation orders and closing of the plant. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    Japan releases 40-year nuke plant cleanup plan

    Japan's government said Wednesday that it could take 40 years to clean up and fully decommission a nuclear plant that went into meltdown after it was struck by a huge tsunami.


  • In this March 11, 2011, photo released on Monday, April 11, 2011, by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco), the access road at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant is flooded as a tsunami hits the facility following a massive earthquake in Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP Photo/Tokyo Electric Power Co.)

    Debate rises in Japan over paying power plant reparations

    The Japanese government and the country's leading business leaders are locked in a bitter dispute over who will pay the billions of dollars in compensation to the victims of the country's nuclear disaster.


  • Buddhist monks pray at a tsunami-destroyed area in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture, northern Japan, on Monday, April 11, 2011, one month to the day after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the city. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

    Magnitude-7.0 quake shakes Japan

    A strong new earthquake rattled Japan's northeast Monday as the government urged more people living near a tsunami-crippled nuclear plant to leave, citing concerns about long-term health risks from radiation.


  • A resident of Japan's Oshima island pushes a wheelbarrow past the destroyed port as he tries to salvage belongings from his home on Monday, March 28, 2011, following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    Japan vows to review nuclear safety standards

    Japan's government vowed Tuesday to overhaul nuclear safety standards once its radiation-leaking reactor complex is under control, admitting that its safeguards were insufficient to protect the plant against the March 11 tsunami.


  • Japan vows to review its nuclear standards

    Japan's government vowed Tuesday to overhaul nuclear safety standards once its radiation-leaking reactor complex is under control, admitting that its safeguards were insufficient to protect the plant against the March 11 tsunami.


  • The headquarters building of the Tokyo Electric Power Co., also known as Tepco, at the base of the communications tower in the middle, is pictured in Tokyo on Monday, March 28, 2011. The company, which runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant at the center of the country's nuclear crisis, has issued a series of botched radiation readings from the plant in recent days. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)

    Japan's plutonium levels called not 'harmful'

    Plutonium found in soil around Japan's disabled nuclear power plant panicked the public and media Monday, but scientists insisted the trace amounts discovered are harmless to humans.


  • Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama, right, huddles with his aide during a press conference on the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex, in Tokyo on Friday March 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

    Japan's government criticizes operator of nuclear plant

    Japan's government revealed a series of missteps by the operator of a radiation-leaking nuclear plant on Saturday, including sending workers in without protective footwear in its faltering efforts to control a monumental crisis.


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