2018.10.25

News Headlines - 25 October 2018

Tohoku Electric to scrap aging No. 1 unit at Onagawa nuclear plant | The Japan Times

Tohoku Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will scrap the idled No. 1 unit at its Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture, more than 30 years after it started operations.
The company cited difficulties in taking additional safety measures as well as the relatively small output of the reactor that made it unprofitable.

Taiwan train driver failed to report switch-off - NHK WORLD

Taiwanese rail authorities say the driver of a train that derailed, killing 18 people, failed to report to controllers that he had turned off its control system before the accident... The driver admitted that he switched off the automatic control system because of trouble with the power system.
Authorities told reporters on Wednesday that any train driver is required to report to a control center when turning off the safety system.

Japan to end ODA funding to China, now an economic titan:The Asahi Shimbun

Japan has decided to scrap official development assistance to China now that it is the world's second-largest economy.
When Japan started providing ODA to Beijing 40 years ago, China was still a developing country.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who will visit China from Oct. 25, will officially announce the decision the day after he arrives during meetings in Beijing.

Belgian robbers asked to come back - and arrested on their return - BBC News

Six people entered Didier's shop in the suburbs of Charleroi in daylight with the intent to rob him.
The salesman told the group to return at the end of the day, when he could give them more money. In the end though, he got them arrested instead.

World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea | The Guardian

Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years.
The 23-metre (75ft) vessel, thought to be ancient Greek, was discovered with its mast, rudders and rowing benches all present and correct just over a mile below the surface. A lack of oxygen at that depth preserved it, the researchers said.


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