Fukushima nuclear crisis

JR East begins dismantling deserted railway station near Fukushima ...
Workers prepare to dismantle a bridge connecting platforms at JR Tomioka Station in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 26. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--Workers have begun tearing down structures at a train station here that was devastated in the deadly tsunami of 2011, citing the danger of...
TEPCO to rely on cosmic beams to glimpse melted fuel inside...
The Asahi Shimbun
Tokyo Electric Power Co. will use cosmic rays at the crippled reactors at its Fukushima plant to identify sites with melted fuel.
Obesity a growing problem among children in Fukushima
Children play in a facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fears that playing outdoors will risk radiation exposure, and other lifestyle changes brought on by the 2011 nuclear crisis, are being blamed for a rise in obesity among...
JR East to run bus service through Fukushima no-entry zone
Train services resume June 1 between Tatsuta and Hirono stations on the JR Joban Line. Temporary storage sites for contaminated soil and other waste are seen along the tracks. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) will start a bus service on Jan. 31 that runs through an area with high radiation levels near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant,...
Once again, no indictments against former TEPCO execs over...
Members of a group seeking indictments against former TEPCO executives over the Fukushima nuclear disaster criticize the decision by Tokyo prosecutors on Jan. 22. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
Prosecutors again decided not to indict three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. over the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, essentially saying...
NRA signs off on TEPCO plan to release decontaminated groundwater...
Groundwater is pumped up in areas around reactor buildings of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 26, 2013. (Pool)
Japan's nuclear watchdog gave the green light to the operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant to discharge pumped up groundwater into the sea if radioactive...
TEPCO to beef up on-site training after 2 deaths at Fukushima...
Workers at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two workers died Jan. 20 in separate accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear power plants, prompting the operator to step up training programs to prevent a...
TEPCO racing against time to process 280,000 tons of tainted water ...
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, inspects an area lined with tanks holding highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in December. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. will likely fall short of fulfilling its pledge to process all highly radioactive water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant by the end ...
New subsidy system designed to expedite restarts of nuclear...
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, is expected to resume operations this spring at the earliest. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe administration has earmarked 1.5 billion yen ($12.75 million) for a new subsidy system designed to accelerate restarts of idled nuclear reactors and to convince...
Town near crippled nuclear facility OKs plan to build storage...
Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, right, and Seiichi Sasaki, the chairman of the Futaba town assembly, explain their Jan. 13 decision to accept the construction of an intermediate storage facility for radioactive waste. (Takuro Negishi)
A town that co-hosts the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has agreed to the construction of an intermediate storage facility for radioactive debris generated by the ...
Assembly members' family ties to contracts given at Sendai nuclear ...
The Sendai nuclear power plant operated by Kyushu Electric Power (Satoshi Otani)
Concerns over a potential conflict of interest have been raised in connection to two Kagoshima prefectural lawmakers whose family members run companies that have been given...
Fukushima evacuees pledge to rebuild communities on Coming-of-Age...
Yota Watanabe, center, reminisces with friends at a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony for Okuma residents held on Jan. 11 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Yoshitaka Ito)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Outside of their hometowns and a day earlier than usual, hundreds of evacuees in Fukushima Prefecture celebrated Coming-of-Age Day with the nuclear ...
5 old nuclear reactors headed for decommissioning scrap heap
Officials of Kyushu Electric Power Co. are moving toward decommissioning the No. 1 reactor at the Genkai nuclear power plant. The No. 1 reactor is the cylindrical building in the left background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Five aging nuclear reactors will be decommissioned in the near future, a move that government officials hope will increase public support for resuming operations at newer...
Niigata governor scolds TEPCO president, rejects reactor restarts
Officials of Nuclear Regulation Authority inspect equipment at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture on Dec. 12. (pool)
NIIGATA--Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida on Jan. 6 remained adamantly opposed to restarting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant and chided the president of the plant...
Utilities balk at safer storage of spent nuclear fuel to avoid...
Spent nuclear fuel is kept in a dry cask for storage at the Tokai No. 2 nuclear power plant in Tokai in Ibaraki Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Power companies have resisted government calls to construct safer storage facilities for spent nuclear fuel and are instead waiting for a fuel reprocessing plant to finally...
All rice grown in Fukushima pass radiation safety checks for first ...
Workers at a facility in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, check the radiation levels of bags of rice. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
All bags of rice harvested in Fukushima Prefecture in 2014 submitted for testing met the national standards for radiation, marking the first time that all bags fell within...
TEPCO's sloppy handling of suppressant led to spread of...
This March 2013 photo of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows, from back, the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. diluted a dust suppressant that rendered it ineffective and allowed the spread of radioactive materials that contaminated 12 workers at the Fukushima...
Last recommended evacuation warning lifted in Fukushima, but many...
The head of the Takakura district, right, reads aloud a statement in opposition to the lifting of a recommended evacuation advisory to officials of the nuclear emergency local response headquarters in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 21. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The central government lifted on Dec. 28 the last recommended evacuation advisory for several districts in this city, saying radiation levels ...
Fukushima mothers compile booklet derived from radiation seminars
Masaharu Tsubokura, center, and the members of the Veteran Mothers' Society in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture (Yukiko Seino)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Mothers living near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have compiled a booklet offering basic knowledge about radiation and...
127 more 'secret' interviews on Fukushima crisis disclosed
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato speaks at a news conference in April 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government on Dec. 25 released dozens more closed-door accounts by people closely connected to the Fukushima nuclear disaster in response to a public outcry about...