Fukushima nuclear crisis

‘Voluntary’ Fukushima evacuees denounce end of free housing,...
Masaaki Matsumoto, head of the Fukushima prefectural government’s Evacuees Support Division, defends a new assistance plan at a briefing session in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward on Feb. 7. (Jun Sato)
The Fukushima prefectural government is maintaining its plan to terminate the free housing program for “voluntary” evacuees from the nuclear disaster despite a barrage of...
Defiant to the end, last of Group of Six anti-nuclear scientists...
Tetsuji Imanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUMATORI, Osaka Prefecture--Tetsuji Imanaka is the last of the so-called Kumatori Group of Six, a maverick band of nuclear scientists at an elite university here that spent...
55 schools still unusable in 3/11 disaster-hit prefectures
Desks and chairs clutter a classroom at Kumamachi Elementary School in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 12. (Satoru Semba)
Fifty-five public elementary schools and junior high schools in the three prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 disaster remain unusable, including 30 around the crippled...
TEPCO delays robotic surveys at Fukushima nuclear reactors
The Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has postponed inspections by robots to finally confirm the location and state of melted fuel at two damaged reactors of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Nuclear reactor mockup to be used to advance decommissioning...
This life-size model of the lower part of a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant is nearing completion in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Hisashi Hattori)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A life-size model of a section of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that will be used in developing decommissioning technology is...
Group to monitor trial of former TEPCO executives to clarify truth ...
From left, Ruiko Muto, Kazuyoshi Sato and Takashi Soeda hold a news conference in Fukushima on Jan. 19 to announce a planned group that will monitor the trial of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Masakazu Honda)
Lawyers, journalists and scientists will form a group to help expose the truth and spread details about the Fukushima nuclear disaster during the criminal trial of three former ...
Pluthermal reactor in Fukui Prefecture expected to restart on Jan. ...
Residents and activists on Jan. 24 protest the planned resumption of operations at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture. (Eijiro Morii)
For the first time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfolded, a plutonium-thermal (pluthermal) reactor is scheduled to restart on Jan. 29 in a densely populated region with ...
Study tour gives students glimpse of stark reality facing town...
Students who joined a study tour from the Kansai region stroll through the neighborhood near JR Namie Station on Nov. 8, 2015. (Natsuki Edogawa)
NAMIE, Fukushima Prefecture--A convenience store might seem an odd venue to start a study trip, especially when it is closed.
Toshiba shows off remote-control gear to be used to extract...
Remote-control equipment developed by Toshiba Corp. to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool in a demonstration held on Jan. 18 at the company's Keihin plant in Yokohama (Tatsuya Shimada)
Toshiba Corp. gave a demonstration Jan. 18 of a remote-control crane and robot that it expects to play a crucial role in decommissioning work at the stricken Fukushima No. 1...
Researchers: No doubt cleanup at Fukushima nuclear plant...
The black spots show radioactive particles found on the ears of rice harvested in autumn 2013 in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies here in 2013 came from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, an international...
Fukushima to turn to third-party mediator to resolve claims...
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori, at the end of the table, meets with Naomi Hirose, far right, president of Tokyo Electric Power Co., on Jan. 7. (Chikako Kawahara)
FUKUSHIMA--The Fukushima prefectural government, exasperated by Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s foot-dragging, plans to turn to a third-party organ for the first time to resolve a...
5 years on, efforts continue to rescue stray cats around Fukushima ...
Takemi Shirota, a staff member of the Nyander Guard, a private cat rescue group in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, holds a cat that was found last November in Okuma, which co-hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Makoto Takada)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--With the onset of another freezing winter, the head of a private group founded in this town to rescue cats left behind when residents evacuated...
Stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant now a popular destination
Visitors to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant pass storage tanks holding contaminated water. (Provided by Appreciate Fukushima Workers)
It may seem surreal, but as work continues to decommission damaged reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant--a project that involves 7,000 or so workers--tours of...
Virtual reality to be used to help decommission Fukushima plant
A worker views a simulated 3-D virtual reality image of the interior of a reactor building at the embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at a research and training center in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuya Isayama)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A virtual reality system here that will assist in the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is preparing for...
Genkai mayor asks Kyushu Electric to pay tax on spent nuclear fuel
Kyushu Electric Power President Michiaki Uriu, center, meets with Genkai Mayor Hideo Kishimoto on Jan. 6 at the town government building. (Ikko Ishida)
GENKAI, Saga Prefecture--Kyushu Electric Power Co. indicated it was willing to pay a new tax on spent nuclear fuel stored at its Genkai nuclear plant to help the town recover...
Suicides rise among Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees
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Disaster-related suicides in Fukushima Prefecture have surged this year, with prolonged evacuation from the nuclear accident and uncertainty about returning home or leading...
TEPCO confronts new problem of radioactive water at Fukushima plant
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has unexpectedly been forced to deal with an increasingly large amount radioactive water accumulating at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power...
Moves to restart Takahama reactors have Fukushima evacuees asking, ...
The No. 3, right, and the No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the Takahama nuclear power plant getting the green light for a restart, evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture are asking if anything was learned from their plight following...
Fukushima's record decreasing rate of population causing gender...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Fukushima Prefecture’s population has declined by 5.7 percent since 2010, its largest recorded drop and the cause of a widening gender gap in some areas, according ...
Court lifts injunction against restarting Takahama nuclear reactors
A protest is held in front of the Fukui District Court on Dec. 24 over its nullification of the injunction against restarting two reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant. (Shinnosuke Ito)
FUKUI--The Fukui District Court on Dec. 24 nullified an injunction against restarting two nuclear reactors, paving the way for Kansai Electric Power Co. to resume its nuclear...