Fukushima nuclear crisis

Water leaks continue to plague No. 5 reactor at Fukushima plant
Fukushima prefectural government officials inspect the piping in the No. 5 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 7. (Provided by the Fukushima prefectural government)
A leak of radioactive water was found in the piping of water used to cool the spent fuel pool in the undamaged No. 5 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant,...
NRA blames tsunami for equipment failure at Fukushima plant
The embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Japan's nuclear watchdog says the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 was almost certainly triggered by towering tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
COMMENTARY: Green light for Sendai plant shows lessons from...
Trucks used in construction work enter the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 16 after the results of the safety screening were released. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
It clearly hasn't dawned on the central government and Japan's electric power companies that it is impossible to construct a nuclear plant that is 100-percent safe.
Fukushima evacuees livid at NRA's decision on Kyushu plant
Protesters shout out their opposition to restarting reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant during a rally near the Diet Building in Tokyo's Nagatacho district on July 16. (Takuya Isayama)
Residents evacuated because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster were aghast at the decision that would allow reactor restarts at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima...
Kyushu plant reactors first to meet new safety standards; to...
Protesters on July 16 in Tokyo rally outside a building that houses the office of the Nuclear Regulation Authority, which is screening the safety of the Sendai nuclear plant. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said July 16 that two reactors at a nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture have passed safety screenings, the first under tougher standards...
Study: Cesium from Fukushima debris removal likely spread 50 km
A crane removes debris from the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2012. (Pool)
Radioactive substances released during rubble-removal work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant last year likely spread to areas nearly 50 kilometers away, according to a...
Fukushima towns use cameras to halt surge in thefts at evacuees'...
To deter thieves, the government of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, installed an automatic number plate recognition camera with a sign that reads, “Security cameras in operation in the entire town.” (Naoyuki Takahashi)
Authorities in Fukushima Prefecture are installing security cameras to deter and catch unscrupulous thieves targeting homes left vacant by residents who fled after the accident ...
Minami-Soma lambastes government, TEPCO for remaining mum on rice...
Minami-Soma Mayor Katsunobu Sakurai (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Residents of Minami-Soma in Fukushima Prefecture expressed anger with the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. for keeping them in the dark about radiation that contaminated ...
TEPCO's rubble removal at Fukushima plant likely spread cesium to...
Radioactive substances were released during debris clearance work at the No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in August 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to clear debris from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant despite strong indications that earlier removal work contaminated rice paddies far from...
Survey: Fukushima evacuees traveled average 273 km in search for...
Evacuees who left a shelter in Minami-Soma wait in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, for a bus that will take them to Niigata Prefecture on March 17, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster moved to different shelters an average of four times and traveled 273 kilometers during the month after the crisis unfolded in...
TEPCO faces hurdles in construction of ice walls to block flow of...
Workers install underground pipes to create frozen soil walls on the south side of the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 8. (Pool)
An ambitious plan by Tokyo Electric Power Co. to halt the seepage of contaminated water at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has hit a major glitch: "ice walls"...
Sendai nuclear plant set to restart without off-site emergency...
The off-site emergency center in Okuma of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was rendered unusable after the nuclear disaster in March 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture could restart two reactors in autumn without a crucial emergency facility in place to deal with a possible nuclear...
New nuclear watchdog commissioner received additional industry...
Satoru Tanaka, a professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An incoming commissioner of the Nuclear Regulation Authority received payments from the nuclear industry until last month, raising fresh doubts about his impartiality at the...
Court hears first arguments in Oma nuclear plant lawsuit
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Hakodate city government's lawsuit to halt construction of a nuclear power plant across the Tsugaru Strait got under way as the town's mayor asserted that an accident there...
Study shows muddy seabed off Fukushima coast has higher levels of...
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Concentrations of radioactive cesium on the seafloor after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster were discovered to be higher in muddy depressions than on the rocky seabed,...
TEPCO 'breaks vow,' refuses more compensation for Fukushima...
Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba, left, speaks in April after the government’s dispute resolution center proposed a compromise settlement with Tokyo Electric Power Co. for additional compensation for victims of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has rejected requests for additional compensation from residents forced to evacuate because of the nuclear...
Japan's utilities reject anti-nuclear demands from shareholders
Yui Kimura calls for the abolition of nuclear power in front of the building where Tokyo Electric Power Co. held its shareholders’ meeting on June 26. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)
All nine electric power companies that operate nuclear plants rejected shareholders’ proposals to close down the facilities, citing new safety measures and the need to...
Japan to experience nuclear-free summer
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s delayed application for safety screenings of two reactors means Japan will be without nuclear energy this summer for the first time since the...
Government estimates all Fukushima areas safe for living by 2021
Deserted farmland in a 'difficult-to-return' zone in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Evacuees can return home in the hardest-hit areas around the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant by 2021, after decontamination work sufficiently reduces...
Plaintiffs return to examine damage nuclear disaster did to their...
Keiko Sawauchi’s damaged grand piano sits in a room scattered with books and other articles in her house in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 21. (Masakazu Honda)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--When Keiko Sawauchi returned to her home here on a recent visit, the 60-year-old piano teacher could not even bring herself to look at her...