Fukushima nuclear crisis

Fukushima ballet students get a lift from top dancers from Paris
Students receive instructions at the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School from top dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet on July 26. (Toshihide Ueda)
FUKUSHIMA--Ballet students in Fukushima Prefecture received world-class instruction and encouragement on July 26 as top dancers from the internationally renowned Paris Opera...
Plan dropped for land purchases to host nuclear debris storage...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, left center, bows deeply in apology to Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe, second from right, in a meeting in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In the face of strong opposition, the government has abandoned its plan to purchase all of the land needed to build temporary storage sites for radioactive debris, sources said.
Restarts of reactors in Ehime delayed due to insufficient safety...
This quake-proof building at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture houses an emergency headquarters. It was completed in December 2011, but failed to meet new safety standards. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Restarts of reactors at the Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture will be delayed until at least next year because the site does not meet safety standards.
U.S. Fukushima report: Think about unthinkable disasters
The No. 4 reactor of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May 2012 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
WASHINGTON--A U.S. science advisory report says Japan's Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation's nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but...
1.1 trillion becquerels of radioactivity leak during Fukushima...
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)
More than 1 trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released into the environment during debris-clearing work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last year,...
TEPCO to use ice blocks to stem flow of radioactive water in...
Workers construct an underground frozen soil wall south of the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 8. (Pool)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. unveiled a plan that would place blocks of ice in trenches at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to help stanch the flow of radioactive...
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...