Fukushima nuclear crisis

Central, local governments have no takers for radioactive waste
Local residents raise their fists in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 21 to express their opposition to the construction of the final disposal site for contaminated waste in the town. (Hiroshi Shimada)
With nobody wanting to give it a permanent home, a large amount of waste contaminated with radioactive materials due to the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant...
Study: Up to 46 hours needed to flee Hamaoka nuclear plant accident
The Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, is located near residential areas. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
Evacuating the area within 31 kilometers of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant could take nearly two days, leaving many residents exposed to radiation if a nuclear accident were...
Niigata governor: State must stop lying about nuclear safety...
Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The governor of Niigata Prefecture said the central government must stop spreading the lie that its new safety requirements for nuclear power plants are “the world’s...
Minister sorry for delay in releasing survey results on radiation...
Local residents collect soil samples for inspection in a park in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, while measuring airborne radiation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Industry minister Toshimitsu Motegi apologized April 18 for a six-month delay in releasing the results of a survey in Fukushima Prefecture about the amount of radiation each...
Report: Radiation levels around Fukushima drop significantly in...
Pupils arrive at an elementary school in the Miyakoji district in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 7. The central government on April 1 lifted the evacuation order for the district, which is located within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Radiation levels in some localities around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have dropped to well under the government standard of 20 millisieverts per year,...
TEPCO discovers radioactivity levels beyond threshold for release...
TEPCO officials, right, on April 9 explain the workings of pump wells that lift uncontaminated underground water before it can reach reactor buildings and become radioactive. (Takaharu Yagi)
Radioactivity levels exceeding standards to release groundwater into the ocean were discovered in a pump well at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo...
New robot for nuclear disasters can tread into most hazardous sites
The Sakura No. 1 robot descends stairs angled at 45 degrees in a demonstration in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on April 17. (Kuniaki Nishio)
TSURUGA, Fukui Prefecture--The Japan-Nuclear Emergency Assistance Center has received a new robot that can be utilized to survey nuclear disaster sites contaminated with high...
Utilities expected to secure sufficient power supplies this summer
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Even if their nuclear reactors remain offline, all power companies across Japan should be able to secure stable electricity supplies this summer with help from other utilities, ...
Contaminated water found leaking from ALPS at Fukushima plant
Members of Fukushima Prefecture's council to monitor decommissioning of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are briefed on the ALPS multinuclide removal equipment at the plant earlier this month. (Takaharu Yagi)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said April 16 it detected a leak of 1 ton of highly contaminated water from the ALPS multinuclide removal equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Fukushima towns seek to protect historic sites ahead of hosting...
Kiyoe Kamata, a farmer from Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, talks about his years of research into local cultural heritage on Feb. 28. (Yoshitaka Ito)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A sixth-century stone tower and a Shinto shrine are among local cultural assets the town of Okuma wants to protect ahead of a central government...
Utilities expected to secure sufficient power supplies this summer
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Even if their nuclear reactors remain offline, all power companies across Japan should be able to secure stable electricity supplies this summer with help from other utilities, ...
Estimated radiation doses of Fukushima returnees withheld for half ...
A new student and her parents head to Furumichi Elementary School in the Miyakoji district in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, to attend the entrance ceremony April 7. The central government on April 1 lifted the evacuation order for the district, which is located within a 20-kilometer radius of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The government withheld findings on estimated radiation exposure for Fukushima returnees for six months, even though levels exceeded the long-term target of 1 millisievert a...
Radioactive water floods Fukushima plant basements after wrong...
Temporary storage tanks holding radioactive water line the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Satoru Semba)
Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after pumps that should not have been in use were mistakenly turned...
U.S. alarmed about plutonium stockpile growing from Rokkasho plant
Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd.'s nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The U.S. government has expressed "grave concern" to Japanese officials over Tokyo’s spent nuclear fuel reprocessing program as it increases Japan's stockpile of plutonium...
TEPCO moving to divert groundwater from Fukushima reactors
A Tokyo Electric Power Co. official, right, gives a briefing April 9 about the wells used to pump out and divert groundwater before it reaches the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The No. 4 reactor is seen in the background. (Takaharu Yagi)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. put the first stage of its groundwater bypass plan into action on April 9 in an effort to prevent contaminated water from accumulating at the Fukushima ...
Many Fukushima evacuees reluctant to return home in former...
Yukiko Watanabe, left, and her husband, Toshiyuki, visit their home for the first time since an evacuation order in the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, was fully lifted on April 1. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
TAMURA, Fukushima Prefecture--One week after the central government lifted the evacuation order for an eastern strip of Tamura's Miyakoji district, few houses in the area were...
Fukushima plant to create 560,000 cubic meters of rubble by...
Highly contaminated debris left near the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shortly after the accident at the plant in March 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, announced April 7 that the crippled plant will likely generate a ...
U.N. panel takes issue with radiation exposure data submitted by...
Workers in protective gear at the damaged No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last November (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A United Nations report on the effects of radiation released in the Fukushima nuclear disaster said findings by the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co., may have...
U.N. report finds no increase in Fukushima cancer rates
A child's thyroid gland is checked at Tokatsu Hospital in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, in November last year. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A U.N. committee dismissed any recognizable rise in overall cancer rates among residents of Fukushima Prefecture caused by fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1...
Government agrees to radioactive waste facilities in 2 Fukushima...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara briefs Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato and other local leaders on the government's revised plan for intermediate storage facilities at the Fukushima prefectural government office on March 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
FUKUSHIMA--The government has agreed to the prefecture's request to build intermediate storage facilities for holding radioactive waste in just two towns, instead of the three...