Fukushima nuclear crisis

Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Environment Ministry has begun transporting radioactive soil to the planned site of an interim storage facility here after years of tough...
Costs in problem-plagued struggle at Fukushima plant near 600...
Workers check portable devices to remove strontium from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October. (Pool)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government have spent 590 billion yen ($4.93 billion) battling the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but problems persist and taxpayers could lose if ...
Team develops method to estimate thyroid radiation dosage soon...
Evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear accident undergo radiation exposure testing at an evacuation center in Fukushima on March 15, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A team of researchers has developed a method to more precisely estimate the doses of radiation to the thyroid glands of people who received medical examinations shortly after...
Survey by Fukushima students seeks to address radiation fears
Haruka Onodera, a second-year student at Fukushima High School in Fukushima, will present the findings on radiation levels in four countries at an international gathering in France. (Yuri Oiwa)
A group of Fukushima students will head to France in the coming week to present results of a study showing minimal differences in radiation levels between local communities in...
Cosmic beams reveal melted core inside Fukushima No. 2 reactor
Reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant housing (from back to front) the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, in March 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers harnessing cosmic rays have discovered that all of the nuclear fuel inside the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted in the aftermath of...
TEPCO believes nearly all nuclear fuel melted in Fukushima reactor
The Asahi Shimbun
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said almost all the nuclear fuel in the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima plant likely melted in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ...
Kyushu Electric eyes July restart of Sendai nuclear reactor
The No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on March 19 applied for a final safety check of its Sendai nuclear power plant in hopes of restarting the No. 1 reactor there in July.
More reactors to be decommissioned for a total of 5
The Asahi Shimbun
Two more aging nuclear reactors are to be decommissioned in addition to three that utilities said had outlived their service life.
Mothballing nuclear reactors a mixed blessing for local communities
Shizuo Shoyama stands in front of a bay that separates his neighborhood from the nuclear reactor buildings at the Mihama nuclear power plant. (Masatomo Ono)
Having lived for decades in close proximity to nuclear reactors that brought a windfall of benefits, local host communities reacted with mixed feelings to decisions to...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: NGOs introduce '10 Lessons from Fukushima'...
The booklet "10 Lessons from Fukushima" and translated versions line an exhibition space in Sendai on March 16. (Shunsuke Kimura)
SENDAI--A booklet focusing on the plight of residents of crisis-hit Fukushima Prefecture and advising communities on preparing for nuclear disasters was distributed here at a...
Slogan writer wants pro-nuclear signboards kept to highlight human ...
Yuji Onuma holds a sign saying, "Absolutely opposed to sign removal" in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. As a child, he wrote the slogan on the signboard that says, "Nuclear energy is the energy of a bright future." (Masakazu Honda)
The creator of a slogan on signboards touting a “bright future” from nuclear energy opposes plans to remove them from a deserted town in Fukushima Prefecture, saying they...
Only 35% of Fukushima nuclear plant workers agree to 1st round of...
In full protective gear, workers conduct various tasks near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Only 35 percent of the targeted workers who tackled the Fukushima nuclear accident are willing to undergo a health check in a survey to determine the effects of their radiation ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tohoku University develops flying robot to...
Researchers show off a flying robot designed to measure radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at Tohoku University in Sendai. (Ryoma Komiyama)
SENDAI--A research team from Tohoku University and other institutions has developed a robot capable of being sent aloft and surveying radiation levels inside the reactor...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Fukushima cleanup takes step forward on 4th...
Workers continue their decommissioning efforts at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the night of March 12. The luminous line in front is the Joban Expressway, which fully opened on March 1. (Wataru Sekita)
March 12 marked the fourth anniversary of the first hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a terrifying moment in Japan’s worst nuclear disaster.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Radiation levels clear decontamination standard...
A radiation monitoring post installed in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture (Yosuke Fukudome)
Aerial radiation levels are lower than the standard requiring decontamination work in 88 percent of about 3,600 areas monitored in Fukushima Prefecture, an Asahi Shimbun survey ...
Four utilities to decommission five aging nuclear reactors
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the front of the Mihama nuclear power plant in Mihama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
To avoid paying enormous sums for new safety measures, four electric power companies plan to decommission five nuclear reactors that have been operating for about 40 years,...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Koizumi blasts Abe's nuclear policy, remark...
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11 (Shinichi Sekine)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he was “dumbfounded” by his protege’s push to restart nuclear reactors and his claim that the ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Abe pledges new reconstruction framework by...
Only the foundation of JR Tomioka Station remains after the station building was demolished due to damage from the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Hiroki Ito)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged sharply increased support to revitalize business operations in Fukushima Prefecture, through measures to be decided in May.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Ministry forecasts 20% green power by 2030;...
Rows of solar panels line a field in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Twenty percent of the electricity produced in Japan 15 years from now will be renewable energy, according to the economy ministry, but some industry experts said the figure...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tons of radioactive rainwater seeps into soil at ...
Storage tanks for highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported a massive leak of radioactive rainwater at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 10.