Fukushima nuclear crisis

Kyushu Electric starts transferring nuclear fuel into Sendai...
Protesters opposed to the resumption of operations at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture gather in front of the main gate on July 7. (Jun Kaneko)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on July 7 began moving nuclear fuel into a reactor on expectations it will be the first in Japan to restart under tougher safety regulations...
Naraha residents can return home Sept. 5 in lifting of evacuation...
Yosuke Takagi, state minister of economy, trade and industry, right, notifies Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto of the government's plan to remove the Fukushima town's evacuation order on Sept. 5 at the town office on July 6. (Takuro Negishi)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--The people of Naraha, a town that was evacuated after the disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, will be allowed to return...
Kyushu Electric to load nuclear fuel into Sendai plant reactor...
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. will begin loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 7 ahead of its planned restart in...
Shape-changing robot built to photo melted fuel at Fukushima...
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
YOKOHAMA--Toshiba Corp. unveiled a shape-shifting robot that could finally reveal the actual condition of melted nuclear fuel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
TEPCO told to pay 27 million yen to family of Fukushima evacuee...
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been ordered to pay 27 million yen ($219,500) in compensation to the bereaved family of a male evacuee who committed suicide after being ...
Shareholders of 9 utilities reject proposals to abolish nuclear...
Activists hold a demonstration to oppose Kansai Electric Power Co.’s plans to restart nuclear reactors as shareholders walk toward the venue of the company’s annual meeting in Kobe on June 25. (Ryo Kato)
Shareholders of the nation's nine regional utilities with nuclear power plants rejected calls for a nuclear-free Japan at their annual meetings on June 25, while management...
Struggling TEPCO to gain additional funding from 3 national...
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a show of confidence, the nation's top three banks and other financial organizations who have been funding embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. have agreed to extend 280...
Document shows TEPCO recognized risk of huge tsunami at Fukushima...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. in 2008 recognized the “indispensable” need for countermeasures against a towering tsunami at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it ended up...
Fukushima town decides to preserve pro-nuclear signs as negative...
A signboard in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, says: “Genshiryoku--Akarui Mirai no Energy” (Nuclear power is the energy of a bright future) (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The government of what became a ghost town in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has decided to preserve signboards featuring slogans...
Evacuees from Fukushima town get official OK to return home in...
The Asahi Shimbun
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Residents of the town of Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture will be allowed to return home permanently in early August since being evacuated after the...
Thousands of Tochigi residents seek redress over Fukushima nuclear ...
Residents of northern Tochigi Prefecture, who filed an appeal with the government's nuclear damage compensation dispute resolution center, and their lawyers speak at a news conference in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on June 15. (Masaaki Horii)
More than 7,000 residents of northern Tochigi Prefecture sought government mediation for an out-of-court settlement with the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
6,500 sign up to save pro-nuclear signs as negative legacy of...
A signboard carrying the slogan written by Yuji Onuma stands in front of the municipal gymnasium in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuro Negishi)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A group has submitted a petition with more than 6,500 signatures to preserve two signboards extolling the future of nuclear power here as a...
INSIGHT: Success of revised decommissioning plan for Fukushima far ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Safety over speed reflects the thinking behind the revised road map for decommissioning the reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Japan delays nuclear fuel removal schedule for Fukushima plant
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government approved on June 12 a revised 30- to 40-year road map to clean up the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but many questions remain.
Japan needs 35 nuclear reactors operating by 2030, says industry...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan needs about 35 working nuclear reactors by 2030 to achieve the government’s long-term energy strategy to return the country’s dependence on nuclear energy to slightly ...
Fukushima business owners at a loss over plan to terminate...
Naomi Hirose, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., explains the company’s new compensation policy in Fukushima on June 7. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
Business operators that evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster criticized plans to end compensation payments, citing the destruction of their normal bases of operation...
Compensation to Fukushima businesses hurt by nuke accident to end...
The Asahi Shimbun
Six years after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plan to pull the plug on compensation to business operators ...
Ministry to nationalize Fukushima site to bury radioactive waste
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, explains the government’s nationalization plan to heads of local governments in a Fukushima prefectural government office on June 5. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
FUKUSHIMA--The Environment Ministry said it will nationalize a privately owned site in Fukushima Prefecture to dispose of radioactive waste generated by the 2011 nuclear...
NRA rebukes TEPCO for failure to contain radioactive Fukushima...
Rows of tanks holding contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s nuclear watchdog had harsh words for Tokyo Electric Power Co. over its failure to implement a comprehensive strategy to plug leaks of contaminated water at its...
Nuclear watchdog, plant operators wide apart on risks of faults
Experts examine geological strata on the site of the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Electric utilities and the nation’s nuclear watchdog are at odds over the “science” used to calculate the risks of underground faults at nuclear power plants.