Fukushima nuclear crisis

Crucial emergency test begins at Sendai nuclear plant ahead of...
Donning a mask to protect themselves from radioactive materials, Kyushu Electric Power Co. employees conduct a drill to respond to a serious accident at the central control room of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on July 27. (Motoki Nagasawa)
An emergency drill to contain a severe accident like the Fukushima nuclear disaster started at the Sendai nuclear power plant on July 27, a final hurdle the operator must clear ...
Fukushima cattle producer's beef with TEPCO, government leads to...
Kazuo Ueno points to a large pile of manure on his ranch in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 14. (Yasuo Kojima)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A local cattle producer has sued Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government to recover 500 million yen ($4 million) in losses it says it...
NRA still antsy about fault lines under Shika nuclear plant
Hokuriku Electric Power Co.’s Shika nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An expert panel with the nation's nuclear watchdog remains unswerving in its assessment that fault lines running under the Shika nuclear power plant in Ishikawa Prefecture may...
Emperor and empress visit Fukushima, console evacuees
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko listen to a peach farmer in Koori town, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 16. (Pool)
FUKUSHIMA--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko on July 16 offered words of encouragement to six people who were evacuated from their hometowns after the March 2011 earthquake...
Ikata No. 3 reactor clears another hurdle toward restart
The Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An idled reactor operated by Shikoku Electric Power Co. moved closer to restarting July 15 after the Nuclear Regulation Authority gave its blessing to safety measures...
Estimates to ensure nuclear plant safety soar past 2 trillion yen...
A crane moves an iodine filter to an underground venting facility during upgrading work at the No. 2 reactor of the Shimane nuclear power plant in Matsue in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s 11 utilities plan to spend at least 2.4 trillion yen ($19.69 billion) to improve the safety of their nuclear plants, 1.5 times higher than an estimate made 18 months...
Nuclear fuel loading process at Kyushu reactor nears halfway point
A bundle of 264 nuclear fuel rods is loaded into a reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear power plant on July 8. (Jun Kaneko)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Workers at the Sendai nuclear power plant here have loaded nearly half of the nuclear fuel into a reactor that is expected to resume...
Kyushu Electric starts transferring nuclear fuel into Sendai...
Protesters opposed to the resumption of operations at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture gather in front of the main gate on July 7. (Jun Kaneko)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. on July 7 began moving nuclear fuel into a reactor on expectations it will be the first in Japan to restart under tougher safety regulations...
Naraha residents can return home Sept. 5 in lifting of evacuation...
Yosuke Takagi, state minister of economy, trade and industry, right, notifies Naraha Mayor Yukiei Matsumoto of the government's plan to remove the Fukushima town's evacuation order on Sept. 5 at the town office on July 6. (Takuro Negishi)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--The people of Naraha, a town that was evacuated after the disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, will be allowed to return...
Kyushu Electric to load nuclear fuel into Sendai plant reactor...
Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co. will begin loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 7 ahead of its planned restart in...
Shape-changing robot built to photo melted fuel at Fukushima...
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
YOKOHAMA--Toshiba Corp. unveiled a shape-shifting robot that could finally reveal the actual condition of melted nuclear fuel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
TEPCO told to pay 27 million yen to family of Fukushima evacuee...
Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture on May 15 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Tokyo Electric Power Co. has been ordered to pay 27 million yen ($219,500) in compensation to the bereaved family of a male evacuee who committed suicide after being ...
Shareholders of 9 utilities reject proposals to abolish nuclear...
Activists hold a demonstration to oppose Kansai Electric Power Co.’s plans to restart nuclear reactors as shareholders walk toward the venue of the company’s annual meeting in Kobe on June 25. (Ryo Kato)
Shareholders of the nation's nine regional utilities with nuclear power plants rejected calls for a nuclear-free Japan at their annual meetings on June 25, while management...
Struggling TEPCO to gain additional funding from 3 national...
Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In a show of confidence, the nation's top three banks and other financial organizations who have been funding embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. have agreed to extend 280...
Document shows TEPCO recognized risk of huge tsunami at Fukushima...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. in 2008 recognized the “indispensable” need for countermeasures against a towering tsunami at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but it ended up...
Fukushima town decides to preserve pro-nuclear signs as negative...
A signboard in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, says: “Genshiryoku--Akarui Mirai no Energy” (Nuclear power is the energy of a bright future) (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The government of what became a ghost town in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has decided to preserve signboards featuring slogans...
Evacuees from Fukushima town get official OK to return home in...
The Asahi Shimbun
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Residents of the town of Naraha in Fukushima Prefecture will be allowed to return home permanently in early August since being evacuated after the...
Thousands of Tochigi residents seek redress over Fukushima nuclear ...
Residents of northern Tochigi Prefecture, who filed an appeal with the government's nuclear damage compensation dispute resolution center, and their lawyers speak at a news conference in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture, on June 15. (Masaaki Horii)
More than 7,000 residents of northern Tochigi Prefecture sought government mediation for an out-of-court settlement with the operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
6,500 sign up to save pro-nuclear signs as negative legacy of...
A signboard carrying the slogan written by Yuji Onuma stands in front of the municipal gymnasium in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuro Negishi)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A group has submitted a petition with more than 6,500 signatures to preserve two signboards extolling the future of nuclear power here as a...
INSIGHT: Success of revised decommissioning plan for Fukushima far ...
The Asahi Shimbun
Safety over speed reflects the thinking behind the revised road map for decommissioning the reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.