Fukushima nuclear crisis

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...
Utilities looking at coal-fired plants to ensure stable power...
Electric Power Development Co.’s Isogo Thermal Power Plant utilizes state-of-the-art environmental technology to produce electricity in Yokohama’s Isogo Ward. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the nation's 48 nuclear reactors offline, utilities are looking to construct more thermal power plants, most of which are expected to be coal-fired facilities that are...
Tohoku Electric seeks damages from TEPCO for Fukushima disaster
Tohoku Electric Power Co. President Makoto Kaiwa (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SENDAI--Tohoku Electric Power Co. said March 27 it will seek compensation from Tokyo Electric Power Co. for damages caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Wrong radiation exposure readings found for 142 Fukushima workers
A resident of Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, is checked by a mobile whole-body counter to estimate his internal radiation exposure in July 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. underestimated internal radiation doses of 142 individuals who worked at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant immediately after the triple meltdown...
1,500 valves at Fukushima plant still untagged
Piping for tanks holding radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Labeling tags were not attached to 1,500 valves controlling the flow of radioactive water in piping and other equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the...
Fukushima fishermen OK TEPCO plan to release diverted groundwater...
Fishermen haul in a fishing net off Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 10 as part of inspections to check the radioactive contamination levels of their catch. (Satoru Semba)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen here have given the go-ahead for Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s bypass plan to release uncontaminated groundwater into the sea by diverting ...
Treatment of Fukushima radioactive water unlikely to resume soon
The Asahi Shimbun
Treatment of radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has been suspended indefinitely after a malfunction shut down the entire purification process and fouled up...
ALPS decontamination system malfunctions again at Fukushima plant
The ALPS water decontamination equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Key decontamination equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant has malfunctioned again, resulting in radioactive water being stored in tanks meant for treated water, Tokyo...
ASAHI POLL: 59% oppose restart of nuclear reactors
The Asahi Shimbun
A majority of respondents continue to oppose bringing idle nuclear reactors back online, despite moves by the Abe administration to allow restarts as soon as this summer,...
Demonstrators turn out in force in Kagoshima to oppose Sendai...
An estimated 6,000 demonstrators rallied in Kagoshima city on March 16 to protest the potential restart of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture. (Shoma Fujiwaki)
KAGOSHIMA--An estimated 6,000 anti-nuclear activists rallied on March 16 here to protest the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision to short-list reactors at the Sendai...
Niigata governor: Nuclear evacuation plans impossible without...
Gregory Jaczko, former chairman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, meets with Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on March 12. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida said it is impossible to draw up effective evacuation plans for a nuclear accident unless the central government overhauls related laws and...
Fukushima evacuees offer cautionary tale against reactor restarts
Demonstrators who oppose the government’s decision to place reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on the shortlist for safety screenings ahead of their possible restart gather in front of a building that houses Nuclear Regulation Authority offices in Tokyo on March 13. (Katsuhei Kawamura)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Fukushima evacuees say they are concerned over what they see is a rapid shift away from the public’s anti-nuclear sentiment as two...
THREE YEARS AFTER: 7 schools to close doors due to Fukushima...
Sixth-grader Hirono Igari, the only pupil at Kaidomari Elementary School in Iwaki, receives a lesson from her teacher. The school will close after she graduates. (Satoru Ogawa)
FUKUSHIMA--Seven elementary and junior high schools in Fukushima Prefecture will become the first public ones to close as a consequence of the 2011 nuclear disaster.