Liberty House bids to buy iron ore assets in Minnesota
British metals group Liberty House is bidding to buy U.S.-based Mesabi Metallics Co LLC and ESML Holding Inc, as it seeks to boost its presence in North America.
TOKYO Tokyo Electric Power Co Holdings (9501.T) on Friday denied a media report that it was set to decommission a nuclear reactor that suffered only minor damage compared with the nearby Fukushima Daiichi plant that was wrecked after a massive quake in 2011.
The Mainichi newspaper reported earlier that Tepco was likely to decommission the No.1 reactor at the Fukushima Daini power plant as it was the worst-hit of the facility's four reactors after the quake and tsunami, temporarily losing cooling functions.
Local governments have been calling for the decommission of all four reactors at Fukushima Daini. The government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have also pressed Tepco to make a decision on decommissioning the No.1 reactor.
Dozens of reactors elsewhere in Japan are still going through a relicensing process by a new regulator set up after the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the world's worst since Chernobyl 25 years previously, highlighted regulatory and operational failings by the country's nuclear utilities.
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(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori)
FRANKFURT European Central Bank policymakers are breathing a sigh of relief after the first round of France's presidential vote put a pro-euro centrist in pole position, but they are not likely to change their policy stance until June.