Fukushima nuclear crisis

After failures, TEPCO to use special cement to prevent...
The Asahi Shimbun
The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant plans to fill in trenches on the coastline in yet another attempt to prevent highly contaminated water from pouring into...
TEPCO starts transferring remaining unspent fuel from Fukushima No....
Workers transfer a nuclear assembly into a transportation cask inside the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has started removing unspent nuclear fuel from a storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building, which was heavily...
Nuclear watchdog panel: Fault under Tsuruga reactor is active
An aerial view of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A fault line beneath the No. 2 reactor of the Tsuruga nuclear power plant is indeed active, an expert panel of the Nuclear Regulation Authority concluded Nov. 19, drawing...
Diet passes legislation to remove nuclear waste from Fukushima in...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, hands a copy of the revised law to mandate the eventual removal of radioactive waste from Fukushima Prefecture to Governor Masao Uchibori in Iwaki on Nov. 19. (Takuro Negishi)
The Diet passed a bill Nov. 19 mandating that radioactive soil and debris from the Fukushima decontamination work be moved outside the prefecture within 30 years, a step toward ...
Fukushima rice cultivated in decontaminated fields served at...
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, second from right, and Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba, second from left, sample rice balls in Tokyo on Nov. 19. The "onigiri" was made from rice harvested in Namie near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Teru Okumura)
The first rice crops cultivated on an experimental basis near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were used in dishes served at cafeterias of the Environment Ministry...
Nuclear operators push to open new plant, extend life of aging...
The Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture is currently under construction. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Across Japan, utilities are backing the Abe administration’s support of nuclear power generation by continuing construction of a new facility and seeking to extend the life...
Dates set for sequel on Fukushima community ripped apart by...
A scene from Atsushi Funahashi's "Nuclear Nation II" ((c) 2012 Documentary Japan, Big River Films)
“Nuclear Nation II,” a sequel to Atsushi Funahashi documentary that showed the world how the Fukushima nuclear disaster destroyed a local community, will hit theaters in...
Nuclear cleanup at Fukushima plant stymied by water woes
Tanks storing contaminated water are seen at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on Nov. 12. (AP Photo/ Pool)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--More than three years into the massive cleanup of Japan's tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant, only a tiny fraction of the workers are focused on...
First bags of contaminated debris prepared for transfer to...
A bag filled with contaminated debris is placed inside a new bag at a temporary storage site in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 11. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--Preparation work has started for the transfer of radiation-contaminated debris from a temporary storage site here to a planned interim facility...
Energy plan overlooked flat-out opposition to nuclear power,...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government’s compilation of its basic energy plan ignored an overwhelming call from the public to move away from nuclear energy, according to an analysis by The Asahi...
TEPCO removes 2nd canopy panel covering Fukushima reactor building
The damaged interior of the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant can be seen from above, with two of the six panels of a canopy over the reactor building removed, on Nov. 10. (Shiro Nishihata)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--In preparation for clearing debris and eventually removing nuclear fuel from inside, Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Nov. 10 temporarily removed...
Minamata disease group opposes restart of Sendai nuclear plant
Minamata disease victim Koichiro Matsunaga, second from right, and members of his group oppose the restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima  Prefecture. (Yasushi Saito)
MINAMATA, Kumamoto Prefecture--Minamata disease victims and supporters have joined the protest against the restart of nuclear reactors in Kumamoto Prefecture, saying safety...
Robot brings safety, dexterity to Fukushima cleanup arsenal
A decontamination robot developed by Sugino Machine Ltd. is shown in Namerikawa, Toyama Prefecture. (Makoto Ukai)
UOZU, Toyama Prefecture--A machinery maker here has developed a "crawling" robot capable of penetrating hard-to-reach areas for decontamination work at the crippled Fukushima...
TEPCO to conclude most vital phase in fuel rod extraction from No. ...
A special cask receptacle removes nuclear fuel assemblies from a storage pool inside the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has removed all the spent nuclear fuel from the pool in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Survey: Nearly half of local government leaders want a say in...
The Asahi Shimbun
Nearly half of all heads of prefectures and municipalities near nuclear power plants say plant operators should be required to obtain their consent before restarting reactors,...
Kagoshima assembly to OK restarts of 2 Sendai nuke reactors
Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa, second from left, inspects the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Nov. 3. (Ryo Ikeda)
KAGOSHIMA--The Kagoshima prefectural assembly is set to give the green light to restarting the reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, as a majority of assembly members...
Industry group to postpone 'pluthermal' program again
The Asahi Shimbun
An electric power industry organization will postpone the wide-scale start of the “pluthermal” program, a pillar of the government’s nuclear fuel recycling project that...
Cash-strapped nuclear power company secretly donates 1.54 billion...
Tsuruga nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan Atomic Power Co., struggling financially while its nuclear reactors remain offline, still donated 1.54 billion yen ($13.7 million) to a city government and asked that the ...
TEPCO removes section of radiation cover above Fukushima reactor...
A panel is lifted by crane at the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 31. (Takaharu Yagi)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co. has removed part of the canopy above a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to gauge the...
NRA rebuts claim that Fukushima cleanup affected faraway rice...
The No. 3 reactor building, second from foreground, at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's nuclear watchdog disputed the farm ministry's assertion that radioactive substances churned up by debris removal work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant...