Fukushima nuclear crisis

Completion of nuclear fuel processing plant postponed for 21st time
The Rokkasho processing plant in Aomori Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
AOMORI--Complications in safety screening have led to the 21st postponement of work to complete a key nuclear processing facility in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture.
TEPCO to postpone nuclear fuel removal at Fukushima No. 1 reactor
Work starts to dismantle a canopy installed over the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Pool)
A series of delays will push back by years the start of operations to remove spent and melted nuclear fuel from the No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, ...
Anti-nuclear protesters try to fire up corporate workers in Tokyo
Protesters rally in Tokyo's Shinbashi district on Oct. 29. (Wataru Sekita)
Men and women in business attire thronged the Shinbashi district of Tokyo on Oct. 29 to encourage fellow office workers to protest against moves to restart the Sendai nuclear...
Mayor says Sendai plant able to withstand any disaster, despite...
Anti-nuclear protesters stage a rally outside the city hall in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Oct. 28. (Koichi Ueda)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Mayor Hideo Iwakiri asserted that the Sendai nuclear power plant can withstand any disaster, a position that is at odds with the nuclear...
Kagoshima nuclear plant 1st to be approved for restart after...
Sendai nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A town in southwest Japan became the first to approve the restart of a nuclear power station on Oct. 28, a step forward in Japan's fraught process of reviving an industry left...
Residents block Environment Ministry study of candidate waste...
Residents of Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, refuse to budge even after an explanation by an Environment Ministry official, far right. (Shuhei Takei)
Exploratory drilling for a facility to house waste from the nuclear accident was canceled after local residents blocked access to the site in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture.
Japan to ratify international convention on nuclear accident...
The No. 3 reactor, left foreground, and No. 4 reactor, background, shortly after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011 (Provided by TEPCO)
Japan intends to ratify an international convention that sets a global uniform standard for compensating victims of nuclear accidents.
TEPCO starts removal work of cover over damaged Fukushima reactor...
Workers drill into a panel of a canopy covering the damaged No. 1 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Oct. 22. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant started dismantling a canopy on Oct. 22 installed over the damaged No. 1 reactor building to prevent...
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...
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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.