Fukushima nuclear crisis

Court refuses injunction seeking to stop restart of Kagoshima...
Plaintiffs hold up banners in Kagoshima on April 22 to protest the district court’s ruling that rejected their demand for an injunction against the restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant. (Koichi Ueda)
KAGOSHIMA--A court here on April 22 rejected a request by local residents to halt the restarts of two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, saying new, stricter safety...
Radioactive water spills into sea after pumps stop at Fukushima...
Workers conduct a safety check around tanks storing radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in February. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
A generator that powers pumps broke down, leading to another leak of radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean, Tokyo Electric Power Co....
Images show structures intact near Fukushima reactor; robots...
A composite photo shows a robotic probe that became immobilized inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on April 10. (Provided by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning)
A second robotic probe was abandoned after completing its survey mission inside a reactor containment vessel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, Tokyo Electric Power ...
Determined sake brewer seeks to revive Fukushima with renewable...
Yauemon Sato stands before a bank of solar panels at his company's Oguni power plant in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture. (Rei Kishitsu)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Yauemon Sato’s determination to forge ahead with his ideas, no matter how unorthodox, has led fellow workers to describe him as “a dump...
TEPCO releases video from second robot probe at Fukushima reactor
The No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Rust or peeling paint on a steel floor was visible in video footage taken by the second robot probe sent into one of the reactors at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
Health ministry proposes more than doubling radiation exposure...
Workers remove spent nuclear-fuel rods from a storage pool at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October 2014. (Pool)
The health ministry recommends raising the maximum radiation-exposure limit for nuclear plant workers during an emergency from the current 100 millisieverts to 250...
Kansai Electric appeals reactor restart injunction, cites economic ...
The Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kansai Electric Power Co. filed an objection on April 17 seeking revocation of a court ruling that banned the restart of two reactors at its Takahama nuclear power plant in...
Second 'transformer' robot completes mission inside crippled...
A robotic probe to survey the inside of reactor containment vessels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The second shape-shifting robotic probe sent into the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has successfully surveyed the inside of a reactor after the failure of the first unit, ...
Nuclear regulator blasts court injunction against reactor restarts
Shunichi Tanaka, chairman of the Nuclear Regulation Authority (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The head of the government’s nuclear watchdog body took issue with a recent court injunction on reactor restarts, saying the ruling was based on a faulty understanding of the ...
Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
Radiation exposure of cleanup workers around Fukushima plant well...
Decontamination work in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cleanup crews around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were exposed to an average dose of 0.5 millisievert of radiation per year, well below the government...
Injunction on reactors seen as victory by some, blip on road to...
Hiroyuki Kawai, a lawyer representing plaintiffs, explains the Fukui District Court’s ruling against the restarts of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui on April 14. (Kenta Sujino)
Anti-nuclear activists rejoiced, Kansai Electric Power Co. expressed some jitters and the government appeared unconcerned about the Fukui District Court’s injunction that...
Stalled robot still useful in moving Fukushima decommissioning...
An image taken by a probe robot inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows what appears to be a latch. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
All was not lost when a robotic probe broke down inside a highly radioactive containment vessel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the plant operator says.
'Transformer' robot breakdown leaves TEPCO in the dark at...
The robot that became stuck inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
An unresponsive robot means it's back to the drawing board for officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. in determining how to decommission reactors at their crippled Fukushima No. ...
Robot stalls inside Fukushima reactor on Day 1 of probe
A robot used to study the interior of the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
A sleek shape-changing robot sent to probe a highly radioactive containment vessel of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant got stuck hours after it was deployed,...
3 methods proposed to remove melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
The Asahi Shimbun
A semi-governmental organization has come up with three possible methods to tackle the most difficult and dangerous task at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: removing ...
Fukushima radiation detected off Canada's coast
A photo taken March 15, 2011, of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 3 reactor, left foreground, and No. 4 reactor, rear (Photo by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
PORTLAND, Oregon--Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose ...
Fukushima couple take sentimental journey before their home...
Hisatomo Suzuki and his former colleagues at the Okuma town hall watch carp streamers flutter in the wind from Suzuki’s home, shown in the right background, in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 4. (Yosuke Fukudome)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Standing head to toe in protective gear, Hisatomo Suzuki gazes at the new carp streamers he hoisted outside his home.
LDP stealthily seeking to raise nuclear energy dependence
The Asahi Shimbun
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party is pushing a policy of heightening Japan’s dependence on nuclear energy but has buried this stance under a calculation trick.
Fukushima residents suing government for lifting evacuation...
A young girl is checked for internal radiation exposure using the Baby Scan device in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in September 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of residents here plan to sue the central government for lifting evacuation advisories near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,...