Fukushima nuclear crisis

Website shares photos, memories of evacuated Fukushima town
A blackboard from Futaba Junior High School contains goodbye messages from graduating students that were written in 2011. (Provided by University of Tsukuba)
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Once home to more than 6,000 people, the northeastern coastal town of Futaba today remains completely evacuated following the nuclear accident...
Ex-mayor sues state, TEPCO for stress caused by nuclear disaster
Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, speaks in Fukui Prefecture on Jan. 25, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former mayor who was exposed to high levels of radiation after the 2011 nuclear disaster is suing the central government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima power plant ...
TEPCO robot finds Fukushima No. 2 reactor pressure venting system...
The Asahi Shimbun
The venting system designed to release pressure inside the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant likely failed during the 2011...
Ehime reactor effectively clears NRA screening
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nation's nuclear watchdog effectively gave the green light May 20 to restart a reactor at a third nuclear power plant.
Ministry plans to end TEPCO compensation to 55,000 Fukushima...
The Asahi Shimbun
The government will instruct Tokyo Electric Power Co. to terminate compensation payments to 54,800 evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2018, regardless of...
Fukushima finds 16 new cases of thyroid cancer in young people
A young evacuee takes a cancer-preventing potassium iodide agent in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfolded. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Sixteen young people who lived near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer, prefectural authorities said May 18, although they ...
Survey: Large majority of Fukushima evacuees have family members...
Fukushima evacuees relax in temporary housing in April 2014. A recent survey of evacuees revealed that many are suffering from some sort of health problem. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nearly 70 percent of evacuees from areas around the damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have family members complaining of physical or mental problems, a recent survey...
TEPCO starts prep work to take cover off damaged Fukushima reactor
Preparatory work to remove the cover around the No. 1 reactor building starts on May 15 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. began preparations on May 15 to remove the cover around a damaged reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the first step...
IAEA: Handling radioactive waste at Fukushima plant could be...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
VIENNA--The U.N. nuclear watchdog said the management of radioactive waste and contaminated water at Japan's tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant could be improved...
Panel says faults under Shika nuke plant may be active
The Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture in August 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nation's nuclear watchdog concluded that fault lines running underneath the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture may well be active, throwing the prospect of...
Proponents, foes of nuclear energy content with preaching to the...
The Asahi Shimbun
A lecturer at a meeting in Osaka touted the improved safety of nuclear reactors, denounced unfounded fears of radioactivity and stressed that radiation is naturally all around...
Plaintiffs soon to exceed 10,000 in lawsuits against TEPCO seeking ...
An aerial photo of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Dissatisfied with government-orchestrated compensation, the number of local residents and others affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis who have sued Tokyo Electric Power Co. ...
Try this for an artistic treat: An exhibition in Fukushima that...
Kenji Kubota, far left, and three other members of the organizing committee walk to a rental car in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 18 to drive to “difficult-to-return zones.” (Noriyoshi Otsuki)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--An exhibition of art works that few people will likely ever see is now under way in areas of Fukushima Prefecture rendered uninhabitable by the...
Radioactive water leaks from storage tank at Fukushima
Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant check for leaks from storage tanks holding highly radioactive water. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A tiny amount of radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Japan calls on Taiwan to ease up on planned food import...
Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou speaks at a news conference in April in Taipei. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAIPEI--Japan has urged Taiwan to scrap its plan to tighten restrictions on food imports from Japan, but Taipei demanded that Tokyo first address a food-labeling scandal.
TEPCO starts tests of frozen soil wall at Fukushima nuclear plant
Pipes installed south of the No. 4 reactor building to create an underground frozen soil wall at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Pool)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. started freezing soil at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in trial operations for an underground wall aimed at preventing groundwater from flowing...
Worker injuries double at Fukushima plant; TEPCO cites inexperience
Work near the No. 1 reactor turbine building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2013 (Pool)
One worker died and 63 others were injured in industrial accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in fiscal 2014, double the casualty figure from a year earlier,...
20-year extension sought for operation of 2 aging Takahama reactors
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kansai Electric Power Co. has become the first utility to apply for regulatory approval to extend the operating lives of aging reactors under the new system introduced after...
Nuclear energy cheapest power source due to reduced disaster risks,...
An iodine filter to reduce the release of radioactive materials in event of an accident is installed at the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture, on April 27. (Ryo Isshiki)
Nuclear power is the most cost-effective method of generating electricity, even when factoring in increased safety fees, accident compensation and other related expenses...
Court refuses injunction seeking to stop restart of Kagoshima...
Plaintiffs hold up banners in Kagoshima on April 22 to protest the district court’s ruling that rejected their demand for an injunction against the restart of reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant. (Koichi Ueda)
KAGOSHIMA--A court here on April 22 rejected a request by local residents to halt the restarts of two reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant, saying new, stricter safety...