Contaminated Tea Found At 5 More Plants
The fundamental question is whether the vast array of industrial goods and components "Made in Japan" -- including hi tech components, machinery, electronics, motor vehicles, etc -- and exported Worldwide are contaminated? Were this to be the case, the entire East and Southeast Asian industrial base --which depends heavily on Japanese components and industrial technology-- would be affected. The potential impacts on international trade would be farreaching. In this regard, in January, Russian officials confiscated irradiated Japanese automobiles and autoparts in the port of Vladivostok for sale in the Russian Federation. Needless to say, incidents of this nature in a global competitive environment, could lead to the demise of the Japanese automobile industry which is already in crisis.
Construction of Chernobyl reactor shelter begins
The construction of a new shelter over the damaged reactor has begun at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine.
The work began on Thursday, the 26th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster.
The Ukrainian government plans to build a 105-meter-high, arch-shaped containment building to cover the remnants of the exploded Reactor Number 4. The construction is to be completed in 3 years at a cost of over 1.2-billon dollars.
The new structure will cover the old, concrete and metal shelter built immediately after the accident, which is feared could collapse and release radioactive substances.