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GSDF Member Receives Close to Emergency Radiation Limit

GSDF Member Receives Close to Emergency Radiation Limit

A GSDF member working in a 20-man group to cool down reactors at Fukushima Dai-Ichi was exposed to 80.72 millisieverts (mSv).

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Reason for no robots: "nuclear safety"?

Reason for no robots: “nuclear safety”?

Kyodo: Japanese government and TEPCO did not support the development of robots for dealing with nuclear accidents due to the effect it would have on the 'safe nuclear energy' message.

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Fukushima Dai-Ichi and Public Confidence

Fukushima Dai-Ichi and Public Confidence

Day after day, more and more bad news is released from the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) regarding the current and prior status of the embattled Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant. Kyodo‘s latest press release on the topic paints a bleak picture of events at the plant in the immediate aftermath of the disaster:...

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"Did you lose something?": MSDF flying boat drops radio antenna connector component mid-flight

“Did you lose something?”: MSDF flying boat drops radio antenna connector component mid-flight

A rough translation from today’s morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun (Yamaguchi East Local Edition), available online (JP) here: Lost: Air-Sea Rescue Flying Boat Drops Radio Parts Mid-Flight – MSDF Iwakuni Base, Yamaguchi On 3rd May, a US-2 Air Sea-Rescue Flying Boat from Maritime Self-Defense Force Iwakuni Base might have dropped radio antenna connector components,...

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Tsunami-Damaged F-2 Fighter Trainers to be Restored

The Sankei Shimbun reports that the 18 F-2s damaged during the March 11th tsunami at Matsushima Sub-Base are undergoing repairs. The aircraft, which were parked on the tarmac at Matsushima, were unable to be evacuated in time to escape the waves. All were inundated with seawater and at least one collided with the control tower...

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ASDF F-4EJ Makes Emergency Landing

From the Daily Yomiuri’s Twitter feed: ASDF F-4 jet makes emergency landing at base in Ishikawa Pref. after problem detected with the hydraulics. Pilot was unhurt. (Link)

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GSDF Helicopter crashes near Osaka

A GSDF UH-1 helicopter from the Middle Army Aviation Group crashed near Osaka Sunday morning, injuring all four crewmen onboard. No one on the ground was injured. According to the Yao garrison, the helicopter started its engines at Yao Airport at around 8:30 a.m., lifted off at 8:43 a.m., proceeded about 200 meters west to...

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Developments in the Japan-China fishing trawler collision

The crew of the Minjinyu 5179 has been released and sent home on an airplane chartered by China. The captain is being held, however, on suspicion that he deliberately crashed into two Japanese Coast Guard ships. China has suspended talks on joint resource development and territorial claims in the Senkakus until the captain of the...

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Trawler collision incident escalating

The captain of the Nippon Chinese fishing trawler has been arrested on the charge of interfering with the duties of Japanese public officials. Apparently you get charged with that in Japan when you ram two Coast Guard vessels. According to Japan Coast Guard officials, Zhan interfered with the work of Coast Guard officials by ignoring...

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More on those trawler-JCG ship collisions

According to the Japan Times, the trawler was 12 kilometers off the coast of Kubajima Island (China: Huangwei Yu) when the incident with the Japan Coast Guard occurred. Both China and Japan claim a territorial boundary of 22 kilometers into the sea. A state can claim an Exclusive Economic Zone into the oceans up to...

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Chinese fishing boat, Japan Coast Guard ships collide off Senkakus

A Chinese fishing boat collided –twice– with two Japan Coast Guard ships sent to intercept it as the boat sailed in waters claimed by Japan. The incident, which happened today, involved the fishing trawler Nippon Chinese (an odd name, since “Nippon” in Japanese means “Japan”) and the Japan Coast Guard ships Yonakuni and Mizuki. China...

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Oops! F-2 has taxiing accident

Via Alert 5. A Japanese F-2B twin-seat fighter suffered damaged to its center-line fuel tank and left wing when its landing gear retracted while taxiing to park at Matsushima AFB on Aug. 24. (Link) Picture above. (Link) This is the second landing gear-related accident in a year for the ASDF. Earlier this year a F-15...

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