Fukushima nuclear crisis

Yoshida feared nuclear 'annihilation' of eastern Japan, testimony...
A page from the testimony of former Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant manager Masao Yoshida (Rei Kishitsu)
Plant manager Masao Yoshida envisioned catastrophe for eastern Japan in the days following the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to his testimony, one of 19 ...
Human chain formed to mark 3rd anniversary of anti-nuclear protest ...
Writer Keiko Ochiai, second from right, and other supporters hold a news conference in front of anti-nuclear protest tents in Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki district on Sept. 11. (Katsuhei Kawamura)
An anti-nuclear citizens group held a rally Sept. 11 to mark the third anniversary of the establishment of protest tents in front of the industry ministry.
NRA approves safety at Kagoshima nuclear plant; paperwork next step
Protesters hold up banners opposing approval of safety checks for the Sendai nuclear plant on Sept. 10 in front of the offices of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. (Hikaru Uchida)
The Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture formally passed tougher safety checks on Sept. 10, but the plant operator must submit a mountain of paperwork before it can...
Kansai Electric mulling over decommissioning aging Mihama reactors
The No. 1 and 2 reactors (left) at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--Kansai Electric Power Co. is considering decommissioning two reactors at its Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture, but is intent on restarting two others at...
TEPCO coating seafloor at Fukushima port with special cement...
The Asahi Shimbun
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has begun using a special cement mixture to coat the seafloor of the port at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to contain radioactive...
Fukushima governor sets 5 conditions for storing radioactive waste
Radioactive waste from decontamination work is temporarily stored in a residential area in Koori, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima governor issued five conditions for accepting radioactive debris at a planned interim storage facility, including a law stipulating that the waste will be moved...
4 workers hired to decommission Fukushima plant plan 90 million...
Workers remove nuclear fuel rods from the storage pool at the No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Pool)
Four workers involved in the decommissioning process at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant plan to sue the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., and the general...
Fukushima governor gives go-ahead for intermediate storage...
The candidate site for an intermediate storage facility for radioactive soil and debris spans the towns of Okuma, foreground, and Futaba, background, in Fukushima Prefecture. Seen in the central background is the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
FUKUSHIMA--Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato said on Aug. 30 that his prefecture will accept the central government’s plan to construct an intermediate storage facility in Okuma...
More ALPS equipment approved for use at Fukushima plant
The multi-nuclide removal equipment ALPS (advanced liquid processing system) at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant undergoes an inspection due to system troubles last November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Additional decontamination machines will be installed at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to treat the hundreds of tons of radioactive groundwater collected at...
Fukushima towns OK plan to construct storage facilities for nuke...
The Kumagawa district of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, is part of a planned construction site for intermediate storage facilities for radioactive waste. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two Fukushima Prefecture municipalities have decided to accept the central government's rich package of subsidies to allow the construction of intermediate facilities to store...
Court orders TEPCO to compensate family of Fukushima woman who...
Mikio Watanabe poses with a portrait of his late wife, Hamako, in front of the family altar at their home in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--The Fukushima District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 49 million yen ($471,600) in compensation to the family of a woman who committed suicide by...
Government to finally release Yoshida testimony on nuke accident...
An anti-nuclear demonstrator's placard demands "Disclose the Yoshida testimony" at a protest in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government will release the testimony on the March 2011 nuclear accident by Masao Yoshida, the late manager of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in...
Major budget cut planned for radiation forecasting tool for...
The Asahi Shimbun
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is planning a major slash in the budget for a forecasting tool for the spread of radioactive substances that was at the center of a controversy ...
Thyroid cancer diagnosed in 104 young people in Fukushima
A girl who evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture receives an ultrasound examination of her thyroid in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward in June 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, a disease often caused by radiation exposure, now...
Yoshida testimony on Fukushima nuclear accident may be disclosed...
Masao Yoshida, manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at the time of the March 2011 disaster (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In an about-turn, the government is weighing full disclosure of testimony about the 2011 nuclear accident given by the late manager of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Fukushima Prefecture to accept intermediate storage facility for...
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, and the mayors of Okuma and Futaba attend a meeting over the planned construction of a facility to store radioactive waste in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 8. (Takuro Negishi)
Fukushima Prefecture is set to accept the construction of an interim facility to store radioactive waste from cleanup work due to the nuclear disaster, advancing the stalled...
Local leaders seek disclosure of testimony by former nuclear plant ...
Masao Yoshida, manager of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at the time of the March 2011 nuclear disaster (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Leaders of local governments near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant want the testimony given by the plant manager months after the accident to be disclosed.
TEPCO shareholders go to court for disclosure of Yoshida testimony ...
A participant in an anti-nuclear demonstration in front of the prime minister's office in Tokyo in May holds a placard that says, "Yoshida testimony should be disclosed." (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Shareholders of Tokyo Electric Power Co. filed a lawsuit Aug. 20 for disclosure of testimony about the 2011 nuclear disaster given by the late manager of the stricken Fukushima ...
TEPCO plans to add sealant to ice walls to halt flow of...
Workers prepare to pour ice into a trench filled with contaminated water in an attempt to create a sealant at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in July. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will test cement and other materials as a sealant to completely stem the radioactive water pouring from turbine buildings into trenches at the...
TEPCO, Tohoku Electric to 'donate' 200 million yen more to village ...
The nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Tohoku Electric Power Co. will make a final combined 200 million yen ($1.95 million) "donation" to a village hosting the nuclear fuel...