Fukushima nuclear crisis

Nuclear watchdog takes TEPCO to task for delay in leakage report
Fukushima prefectural authorities conduct an on-site inspection near the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 27. (Pool)
The nation's nuclear watchdog body slammed Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Feb. 27 over its failure to disclose information on the leakage of radioactive rainwater into the sea...
Entire Joban Expressway set to open with completion of Fukushima...
A radiation reading on the Joban Expressway shows 5.5 microsieverts per hour on Feb. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A major artery connecting Tokyo to the coastal Tohoku region will open March 1, with the completion of the final stretch that runs past the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Trio of approvals in Fukushima seals deal for radioactive soil dump
Bags filled with contaminated soil pile up at a temporary storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. The bags will be transferred to the interim storage facility straddling Okuma and Futaba. (Eiji Hori)
Ending a prolonged and often contentious process, Fukushima Prefecture and two town governments agreed to host an interim storage facility for contaminated debris from the 2011 ...
Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose...
Tsunemasa Niitsuma, deputy head of TEPCO's Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters, apologizes at a Feb. 25 meeting with Fukushima fishermen, including Tetsu Nozaki, left, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. (Hiroki Ito)
Fukushima fishermen appear to have finally run out of patience with Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Fukushima cleanup fails to convince as just 10 to 20% of evacuees...
The Asahi Shimbun
Less than one-fifth of evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster say they want to return to their homes, despite government efforts to speed up reconstruction in areas with...
Hot on the trail of radioactivity, despite dwindling public...
Specially trained members and participants in the event measure the radioactivity levels of pears from Fukushima at the facility Albireo in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo, last November. (Yukari Takahashi)
Although there is less call for their services, a number of Tokyo-based citizens groups continue to monitor radioactivity levels to assuage those still not convinced that the...
Nagoya exec exploited boy, 15, for radioactive clean-up work
Workers going about decontamination work in a residential area in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGOYA--Police arrested the manager of a construction firm here for using a teenager to help remove soil and debris contaminated by radioactive substances released in the...
TEPCO vows safety first in training program for workers at...
Workers check safety conditions near storage tanks for radioactive water before starting the day's work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 3. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. submitted its plan to provide wide-ranging training programs for workers engaged in decommissioning of its crippled nuclear power plant in Fukuskima...
Kansai Electric gets NRA go-ahead to restart 2 reactors in Fukui
The No. 3 and No. 4 reactors of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Feb. 11 (Kazunori Takahashi)
Japan's nuclear watchdog gave the green light Feb. 12 to restart two idled reactors at a plant in Fukui Prefecture, adding impetus to government efforts to bring nuclear...
Children's picture book uses dragon as metaphor for nuclear power
A page from “Hikari no Ryu” depicts toxins flowing from a dragon’s belly that engulf a village. (Provided by Miyuki Ono)
Nuclear power is not mentioned in the children's picture book "Hikari no Ryu" (The dragon of light), but there's no mistaking the ominous message of a happy tale turned tragic...
Skeptical Fukushima residents monitoring radiation levels in their ...
Members of Fukushima Saisei no Kai (Resurrection of Fukushima) drive through Iitate village to measure radiation levels on Jan. 28. (Yosuke Fukudome)
On a recent day in late January, a minicar departed from the Iitate village office in Fukushima Prefecture with stickers attached that said, "We are driving slowly because we...
New 'transformer' robot changes shape to access deadly Fukushima...
The new shape-changing robot developed by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning is put through tests in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Feb. 5. (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
HITACHI, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new shape-changing robot has been rolled out that can chart previously inaccessible areas of the damaged containment vessels at the crippled...
Land secured in Fukushima opens door for 1st shipment of...
Preparatory work to build an interim storage site for radioactive waste is under way at the Okuma east industrial park (front) in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 3. The crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant stands in the background. (Tatsuya Shimada)
The government has begun prep work on a parcel of land near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to receive its first delivery of radioactive debris from...
Fukushima poet's book immortalizes place names, normal lives of...
Jotaro Wakamatsu (Photo by Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Poet Jotaro Wakamatsu has long waged a campaign against nuclear power, but at first he remained silent, not writing a single poem during the...
1st bus service starts through Fukushima no-entry zone
A passenger snaps a photo of the “difficult-to-return zone” in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, from a bus that started operations through the evacuation area on Jan. 31. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Public transportation has finally returned to an evacuation zone close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, with a bus route that...
Around-the-clock convenience store reopens in Fukushima restricted ...
The FamilyMart in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, that reopened on Jan. 30 (Yosuke Fukudome)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A 24-hour convenience store has reopened in this small town, even though the former residents are still not allowed to stay overnight due to...
Officials resume lives in radiation-hit town in hope of paving way ...
Hiroshi Aoki, a senior official of the Naraha town government, takes a train to Iwaki from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10. (Hiroki Ito)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--When Hiroshi Aoki boarded the first train of the day on a recent morning here, he was the only passenger.
Foreign envoys sample Fukushima delicacies to promote exports
Four ambassadors--from left, New Zealand's Mark Sinclair, Britain's Tim Hitchens, Canada's Mackenzie Clugston and Australia's Bruce Miller--sample Fukushima delicacies at the Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Jan. 27. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Ambassadors of four Commonwealth nations tucked into rice balls and other tasty morsels from Fukushima at an event in Tokyo to show support for food from the disaster-stricken...
Fukushima official admits dosimeter thievery to pay gambling debts
A radiation dosimeter (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--A prefectural government employee here stole 181 dosimeters and sold them to pay off gambling debts, authorities said.
Actress Yoshinaga to release CD of poems by Fukushima victims on...
Sayuri Yoshinaga reads poems written by victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster at a recording session on Jan. 16. (Provided by JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment Corp.)
When famed actress Sayuri Yoshinaga visited Katsurao in Fukushima Prefecture late last year, she came away shaken.