Fukushima nuclear crisis

ASAHI POLL: 27% of Fukushima voters want immediate end to nuclear...
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, for evacuees from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Twenty-seven percent of voters in Fukushima Prefecture, home to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, want Japan to immediately abolish nuclear energy, around double the...
ANALYSIS: TEPCO behind schedule to eliminate contaminated water...
The Asahi Shimbun
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s goal of purifying all highly radioactive water stored at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by the end of the fiscal year has proven to be...
Plans to remove cover over damaged Fukushima reactor draws concern
The cover over the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in June 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Amid local concerns of the further spread of radioactive materials, Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced plans to start dismantling the canopy installed over the destroyed...
Government having trouble locating landowners of planned...
Environment Ministry holds a briefing session on the planned nuclear waste storage facility for landowners in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 29. (Teru Okumura)
The Environment Ministry has completed briefings for landowners of a site to store radioactive waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but attendance at the meetings was...
Tohoku Electric Power kicks up a stink about art display at...
Takashi Murakami's art installation was moved to a different room before an exhibition at Tohoku Electric Power Co.'s Green Plaza was opened to the public. (Hideaki Ishibashi)
SENDAI--A solitary bulging black sandbag, a sprinkling of dirt on a solar panel and a dosimeter: As art installations go, the work on display at a venue here smacked more of a...
Bittersweet embrace for Fukushima evacuees and their pets
Evacuee Mamoru Takano and his wife Yayoi are temporarily reunited with their dogs at their home in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 12. (Yosuke Fukudome)
IITATE, Fukushima Prefecture--A couple who have been living as evacuees since the 2011 disaster enjoyed a brief respite during a reunion with their dogs after a six-month...
SPEEDI radiation forecasting dropped by NRA as primary alert system
The System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI) in 2011 (Pool)
Japan's nuclear watchdog has decided to scrap a warning system to alert residents to evacuate in an emergency because it didn't function properly when there was a nuclear...
Kyushu Electric submits measures for volcanic eruption to nuclear...
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. has submitted more details on its safety measures for a volcanic eruption affecting its Sendai nuclear power plant, which is located near active...
TEPCO doubles tsunami height in damage estimate for Fukushima plant
A temporary levee constructed on the coastline at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A tsunami of 26 meters would inundate the already-stricken Fukushima No. 1 power plant, causing a huge amount of radioactive substances to spill into the sea, according to...
Consumers suddenly more wary of produce from Fukushima
Japan Agricultural Cooperative staff members inspect peaches produced in Fukushima Prefecture in August 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Consumers are more reluctant than ever to buy products from Fukushima Prefecture, even though more than three years have passed since the nuclear disaster.
Paperwork delays snarl restart of Sendai nuclear plant to next year
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. jumped through all hoops but one to get its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture back online this year.
Not nearly enough buses for mass exodus after nuclear accident
Residents are transported by a chartered private bus during a drill for a nuclear accident in Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture, in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The gargantuan task of moving residents in a nuclear crisis will fall on chartered buses, according to the local governments' evacuation plans.
Over 10,000 Fukushima children still studying far from homes
Pupils bid goodbye to their classmates at an elementary school in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, in March 2013 before moving on. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Thousands of students who evacuated following the nuclear disaster triggered by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami are still attending schools away from their homes in Fukushima...
Quicker way found to test for radiation in water
Kajima Corp. and Nikkin Flux Inc.’s water analysis equipment quickly measures radioactive cesium levels. (Provided by Kajima Corp.)
Kajima Corp. and analysis equipment maker Nikkin Flux Inc. have jointly developed equipment that quickly examines large quantities of water for radioactive cesium.
SURVEY: Iwaki residents harbor mixed emotions toward Fukushima...
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, accommodates evacuees from Naraha, a town that hosts the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The majority of residents in this city, which has taken in a large outpouring of the evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, feel sympathy...
Tochigi town passes water-protection ordinance to block nuclear...
The Otaki falls on the Nishi-Arakawa river in Shioya, Tochigi Prefecture. The river runs near an area being considered as a final disposal site for radioactive waste. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A town in Tochigi Prefecture has found a novel way to block the construction of a final disposal site for radioactive waste from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis by passing an ...
TEPCO struggling to win approval of fishermen over water-discharge ...
Fishermen attend a meeting held by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the central government on Sept. 18 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to explain their latest water-discharge plan. (Hiroki Ito)
Local fishermen are crying foul over Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s latest plan to discharge processed contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant...
TEPCO begins test runs of new ALPS system at stricken plant
Workers clad in protective suits check the ALPS equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it has begun trial runs of a decontamination channel of a newly installed ALPS system to process radioactive water at the damaged Fukushima No. 1...
Japan's plutonium stockpile expands to 47 tons
Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s plutonium stockpile increased by 2.9 tons over one year to 47.1 tons at the end of 2013, and the country has no current operation in place to reduce what has become...
Yoshida feared nuclear 'annihilation' of eastern Japan, testimony...
A page from the testimony of former Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant manager Masao Yoshida (Rei Kishitsu)
Plant manager Masao Yoshida envisioned catastrophe for eastern Japan in the days following the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, according to his testimony, one of 19 ...