Japan Update: As of 19:00, 26/May, TOKYO
The president of telecommunications giant Softbank Corp. and 19 prefectural governors are set to establish a natural energy council by early July in a bid to promote solar and wind power generation in the country.
During a press conference held in Tokyo on May 25, Softbank President Masayoshi Son said his company would inject several percent of its annual group sales worth 3 trillion yen to construct large-scale "mega solar" photovoltaic power plants in collaboration with participating prefectures.
The 19 local governments include Hokkaido, Akita, Saitama, Kanagawa, F**ui, Yamanashi, Nagano, Shizuoka, Aichi, Mie, Okayama, Hiroshima, Kagawa, Kochi, Saga, Nagasaki, K**amoto, Oita and Miyazaki prefectures.
The company plans to construct mega solar power plants -- capable of generating some 20,000 kilowatts of electricity per unit to cover 5,000 households' worth of power consumption -- and other natural power generators at about 10 locations across the country.
Softbank will ask prefectures to offer their unused farmland for the initiative, while taking out loans for the project from financial institutions to lessen the burden on local governments.
It remains unclear how many of the 19 local governments will agree to host the mega solar power station, but some governors reflected a positive stance toward constructing the facility in their own prefectures, with Saga Gov. Yasushi Furukawa volunteering to become the first to take on the project.
News Source: Daily Mainichi
Note from me: Mr. Son, the president of Softbank donated 1,000,000,000 yen from his own pocket for tunami hit Tohoku area. He also offered 30,000 mobile phones for the victims immediately after the earthquake. He offers all the mobiles and its service for free of charge. He announced that he decided to not charge for the bills from tsunami refugees until they will safely back home
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said on May 26 that it had discovered a drop in the level of contaminated water kept in the basement of a building near troubled nuclear reactors at the F**ushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, but the utility said the possibility was low of the toxic water leaking out of the facility.
TEPCO, the operator of the crippled nuclear power plant, said the level of contaminated water kept in the basement of a building within the central waste disposal facility near the crippled nuclear reactors had dropped by about five centimeters in one day. The water was transported to the building from the No. 3 nuclear reactor. TEPCO said its analysis showed no change in ground water on the premises, and therefore it said, "The possibility is low of the water leaking out of the facility."
The contaminated water in the No. 3 reactor had been transported to the building in the waste disposal facility since May 17, but TEPCO stopped transferring the water to the building because the volume of the water approached the building's capacity soon after 9 a.m. on May 25.
The water level dropped about 48 millimeters during the period between 11 a.m. on May 25 and 7 a.m. on May 26. The quantity of the water is believed to be about 50 cubic meters.
TEPCO said, "It is possible that the water is leaking from part of the second basement of the building that is not fully watertight into the access way to another building."
If the water leaked of out the facility, TEPCO has to transport the contaminated water to another place. But another building within the central waste disposal facility is almost filled up with radioactive water from the No. 2 reactor, and therefore it is difficult to secure extra space for the water.
About 22,000 cubic meters of radioactive water was found in the turbine building of the No. 3 reactor. A facility to receive the water from the No. 3 reactor is capable of taking up to about 4,000 cubic meters of water, but it stopped accepting any more water after taking in a total of 3,660 cubic meters of radioactive water.
TEPCO's analysis released on May 25 showed the possibility of piping that is used to supply coolant water to the reactor core in emergencies being damaged. The cooling system involving the piping is called a "high pressure coolant injection" system. It is highly possible that tremblers caused damage to the piping because it is housed inside the reactor building, making it less vulnerable to tsunami.
News Source: Daily Mainichi