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Fukushima’s Nuclear Power Plant: Japan Begins Removing Fuel

The three units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melted down after a major earthquake, followed by a tsunami struck Japan in 2011, killing about 18 thousand people and forced the evacuation of areas near the plant.

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Tour guide Katsuaki Shiga, right, and a tourist check radiation levels at Joroku Park, near Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in Namie town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan, May 17, 2018. VOA

The operator of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant began removing fuel rods Monday from one of three reactors that melted down in 2011.

The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said workers started removing the first of the used and unused fuel units from a cooling pool at reactor 3.

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The three units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melted down after a major earthquake, followed by a tsunami struck Japan in 2011, killing about 18 thousand people and forced the evacuation of areas near the plant. Pixabay

The operation was was more than four years behind schedule, and had a short further delay Monday afternoon, after a problem with the equipment, but resumed after the mishap was addressed.

TEPCO has estimated that it will take up to two years to remove 566 of nuclear fuel rods from that reactor.

 

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After the cleaning operation at Unit 3, TEPCO expects to continue with the removal of 1000 nuclear fuel rods from the storage pools of reactors one and two. VOA

 

The work is being managed remotely from a control room about 500 meters away, because of high radiation level still present inside the building of Unit 3.

After the cleaning operation at Unit 3, TEPCO expects to continue with the removal of 1000 nuclear fuel rods from the storage pools of reactors one and two.

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The three units at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant melted down after a major earthquake, followed by a tsunami struck Japan in 2011, killing about 18 thousand people and forced the evacuation of areas near the plant. (VOA)

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Apple Set to Open its Largest Store in Japan

Over half of the 130 team members at Apple Marunouchi will join from Apple stores across Japan. Collectively, the team speaks 15 languages and is ready to welcome visitors from around the world

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA
Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is all set to open its newest and largest store in the heart of the Marunouchi business district in Japan on Saturday.
Marunouchi is Apple’s third store to open in Japan since last April as part of a multi-year retail investment and expansion in the country.
At Apple Marunouchi, customers will get hands-on service with all of Apple’s products, get technical advice and unlock their creativity with Creative Pros, the iPhone-maker said in a statement on Wednesday.
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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA
“The opening of Apple Marunouchi marks a significant moment in Apple’s long relationship with Japan.
“Marunouchi has amazing energy and our teams can’t wait to welcome customers to our largest store in Japan for the first time on Saturday,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail and People.
Over half of the 130 team members at Apple Marunouchi will join from Apple stores across Japan. Collectively, the team speaks 15 languages and is ready to welcome visitors from around the world. (IANS)