Fukushima nuclear crisis

Morphological defects found in Japanese fir trees around Fukushima ...
A fir tree that isn't growing according to the established pattern (Provided by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences)
Radiation spewed out by the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant may be responsible for differences in the growth of native Japanese fir trees in the area.
Panel blames TEPCO’s negligence for delay in information...
Rows of tanks storing contaminated water line the compound of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An outside panel of experts accused Tokyo Electric Power Co. of not living up to its responsibility to promptly release all available data on the contaminated water leaks at...
Sendai nuclear plant operator set to plug leaks in 5 cooling...
The No. 1 reactor, right, of the Sendai nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--The operator of the recently reactivated Sendai nuclear power plant here said it had pinpointed the sites of leaks that forced a...
Restarted reactor at Sendai nuke plant suffers seawater leak
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A minor glitch occurred at the newly restarted No. 1 reactor of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Electric Power Co. said on Aug. 21.
25% of Fukushima landowners ready to sell plots for contaminated...
A field, part of land for an intermediate storage facility for contaminated soil, is overrun with weeds as tall as humans in Okuma, a town that co-hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in Fukushima Prefecture. Cranes at the plant can be seen in the background. (Yoshitaka Ito)
FUKUSHIMA--One in four landowners from localities around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have shown a willingness to sell their plots to allow for construction ...
Nuclear slogan writer who saw the light now banks on solar power
Yuji Onuma and his wife, Serina, scrub solar panels at the family's solar power plant in Nasu-Karasuyama, Tochigi Prefecture. (Akemi Kanda)
NASU-KARASUYAMA, Tochigi Prefecture--It's the dawn of a sunny new day for a man who as a schoolboy dreamed up an upbeat slogan for a signboard used to promote the now crippled...
Doll mascot for evacuated Fukushima town winning hearts in Europe
Oochan dolls exhibited at the Museo del Giocattolo in Zagarolo, Italy (Provided by the Okiagari-Koboshi project secretariat)
Kumamon, the ubiquitous bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, has a Japanese rival--at least in Europe.
Sendai plant begins producing electricity after nearly 2 years of...
Plant workers applaud as the No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant starts electricity generation and transmission on Aug. 14. (Pool)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Marking the end of 23 months of a nuclear power-free Japan, the Sendai nuclear power plant began generating and transmitting electricity...
Fukushima evacuees return home during Bon to visit ancestors'...
Kuniyuki and Reiko Sakuma, along with their daughter Rie Hosoya, right, clean the graves of their ancestors in Okuma, 500 meters from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, in Fukushima Prefecture on Aug. 13. (Satoru Semba)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Clad in masks, caps and other protective gear, a handful of evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster returned to their hometown here to pay...
Tears, fears, whoops of joy as Sendai reactor restarted
Protesters gather in front of the main entrance of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, as the No. 1 reactor is brought back online at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 11. (Azumi Fukuoka)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Some residents wept as Kyushu Electric Power Co. started up the Sendai nuclear power plant's No. 1 reactor on Aug. 11, while others...
Amid protests, Kyushu Electric restarts Sendai nuclear plant in...
The No. 1 reactor, foreground, of the Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, is restarted on Aug. 11. (Azumi Fukuoka)
SATSUMA-SENDAI, Kagoshima Prefecture--Kyushu Electric Power Co. activated the No. 1 reactor of the Sendai nuclear power plant here on Aug. 11, the first to be restarted in...
Fukushima fishermen give nod to TEPCO’s plan to release treated...
Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fisherman operating in waters close to the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant formally approved a plan by plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. to discharge...
UPDATE: Kyushu Electric announces Sendai nuclear plant restart...
Protesters gather on Aug. 10 in front of the headquarters of Kyushu Electric Power Co. that formally announced that it would resume operations at its Sendai nuclear power plant the following day. (Yosuke Hiruma)
As about 100 demonstrators massed in front of company headquarters, Kyushu Electric Power Co. announced on Aug. 10 that it would resume operations at its Sendai nuclear power...
Worker at wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant dies from head injury
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A worker at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant died after the hatch at the back of a truck closed on his head on Aug. 8, the latest mishap at a complex still...
Survey: 52% of medical, care facilities near nuclear plants lack...
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in July (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than half of medical and nursing-care facilities within 30 kilometers of nuclear power plants across Japan have not compiled mandatory evacuation plans in the event of an...
In delicate operation, 20-ton object removed from Fukushima fuel...
Two cranes are used to remove a huge piece of debris from the nuclear fuel storage pool of the No. 3 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Aug. 2. (Tatsuya Shimada)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Aug. 2 removed a 20-ton piece of debris from a nuclear fuel storage pool, a small but critical step in decommissioning the crippled Fukushima No. 1...
Indictment of TEPCO trio encourages Fukushima nuclear accident...
From right: Lawyer Hiroyuki Kawai, Ruiko Muto, who heads a group pursuing the criminal responsibility of TEPCO, and lawyer Yuichi Kaido celebrate outside the Tokyo District Court the independent judicial panel of citizens’ decision to indict three former TEPCO executives for their roles in the Fukushima nuclear disaster. (Makiko Ikenaga)
Finally, there is a sense of justice in the air over who should take responsibility for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Fukushima high school evacuee to share experiences at United...
Ayumi Kikuchi, left, practices the speech she will give at a United Nations event with her English teacher, Fumi Arimura, in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 23. She attends the relocated Futaba High School, now operating in the city of Iwaki. (Takuro Negishi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A high school student who thought she was only temporarily fleeing her home during the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and remains an evacuee to...
3 former TEPCO executives face criminal trial over Fukushima crisis
Former TEPCO Chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. will stand trial over the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster after an independent judicial panel of citizens on July 31 again...
Nuclear watchdog proposes raising maximum radiation dose to 250...
Rows of tanks storing radiation-contaminated water occupy the compound of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on July 28. (Eiji Hori)
Nuclear plant workers in Japan will be allowed to be exposed to more than twice the current level of radiation in emergency situations, according to the Nuclear Regulation...