Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

Defiant to the end, last of Group of Six anti-nuclear scientists...
Tetsuji Imanaka (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUMATORI, Osaka Prefecture--Tetsuji Imanaka is the last of the so-called Kumatori Group of Six, a maverick band of nuclear scientists at an elite university here that spent...
INSIGHT: Ballet schools in disaster areas help young dancers...
Dorothee Gilbert, an etoile of the Paris Opera Ballet, gives a lesson at the Hitomi Takeuchi Ballet School in Fukushima in July 2014. (Toshihide Ueda)
A ballet, just like an opera, fills me with what I call “motivation for life.”
TEPCO delays robotic surveys at Fukushima nuclear reactors
The Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has postponed inspections by robots to finally confirm the location and state of melted fuel at two damaged reactors of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
EDITORIAL: Takahama reactor restart raises fresh nuclear safety...
The No. 3, right, and the No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The No. 3 reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, is set to restart on Jan. 29.
Nuclear reactor mockup to be used to advance decommissioning...
This life-size model of the lower part of a reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant is nearing completion in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Hisashi Hattori)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A life-size model of a section of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that will be used in developing decommissioning technology is...
Group to monitor trial of former TEPCO executives to clarify truth ...
From left, Ruiko Muto, Kazuyoshi Sato and Takashi Soeda hold a news conference in Fukushima on Jan. 19 to announce a planned group that will monitor the trial of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Masakazu Honda)
Lawyers, journalists and scientists will form a group to help expose the truth and spread details about the Fukushima nuclear disaster during the criminal trial of three former ...
Study tour gives students glimpse of stark reality facing town...
Students who joined a study tour from the Kansai region stroll through the neighborhood near JR Namie Station on Nov. 8, 2015. (Natsuki Edogawa)
NAMIE, Fukushima Prefecture--A convenience store might seem an odd venue to start a study trip, especially when it is closed.
Repentant ex-TEPCO exec helps Fukushima with new tomato farm
Employees tend to tomato seedlings at a computerized farm that opened in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 20. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A former Tokyo Electric Power Co. executive who feels guilt over the 2011 nuclear disaster is behind the start-up of a tomato farm which...
Toshiba shows off remote-control gear to be used to extract...
Remote-control equipment developed by Toshiba Corp. to remove spent nuclear fuel from a storage pool in a demonstration held on Jan. 18 at the company's Keihin plant in Yokohama (Tatsuya Shimada)
Toshiba Corp. gave a demonstration Jan. 18 of a remote-control crane and robot that it expects to play a crucial role in decommissioning work at the stricken Fukushima No. 1...
Researchers: No doubt cleanup at Fukushima nuclear plant...
The black spots show radioactive particles found on the ears of rice harvested in autumn 2013 in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies here in 2013 came from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, an international...
5 years on, efforts continue to rescue stray cats around Fukushima ...
Takemi Shirota, a staff member of the Nyander Guard, a private cat rescue group in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, holds a cat that was found last November in Okuma, which co-hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Makoto Takada)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--With the onset of another freezing winter, the head of a private group founded in this town to rescue cats left behind when residents evacuated...
Stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant now a popular destination
Visitors to the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant pass storage tanks holding contaminated water. (Provided by Appreciate Fukushima Workers)
It may seem surreal, but as work continues to decommission damaged reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant--a project that involves 7,000 or so workers--tours of...
Virtual reality to be used to help decommission Fukushima plant
A worker views a simulated 3-D virtual reality image of the interior of a reactor building at the embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at a research and training center in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuya Isayama)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--A virtual reality system here that will assist in the decommissioning of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is preparing for...
Struggling Fukushima fishermen hold 1st New Year's ceremony in 5...
Boats take off from Hisanohama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to pray for a safe and plentiful harvest in a New Year’s ceremony on Jan. 8. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen held a traditional New Year’s ceremony here on Jan. 8 for the first time since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster killed ...
INSIGHT: Communities displaced by 2011 disaster deprived of rights ...
Keizo Oguro, traveling from Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, explains the town's situation at an intersection in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Nov. 9 during the mayoral election campaign. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
In the lead-up to the fifth winter since the 2011 disasters, a man from Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, was speaking into a microphone at the side of Hachiko, the iconic statue of ...
Animal spotted prowling inside Fukushima nuclear plant’s reactor ...
Security camera footage shows the animal inside the No. 2 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Dec. 21. The circular door in the background is the carry-in entrance to the reactor’s containment vessel. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
A fox appears to have been traipsing around a highly radioactive area inside a reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Tokyo Electric Power Co....
TEPCO confronts new problem of radioactive water at Fukushima plant
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has unexpectedly been forced to deal with an increasingly large amount radioactive water accumulating at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power...
Fukushima's record decreasing rate of population causing gender...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Fukushima Prefecture’s population has declined by 5.7 percent since 2010, its largest recorded drop and the cause of a widening gender gap in some areas, according ...
Researchers trying to unravel spread of cesium and its impact on...
Researchers measure the concentration of radioactive cesium in rainwater at a survey point in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, in late October. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
More than 90 percent of the fir trees in forests close to the site of Japan's 2011 nuclear disaster are showing signs of abnormality, and plant lice specimens collected in a...
Only 16% of Fukushima residents knew of emergency declaration
Residents of the town of Okuma, where the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is located, evacuate on the morning of March 12, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The government's declaration of a nuclear emergency on March 11, 2011, reached only 16.5 percent of residents in Fukushima Prefecture by the following day, according to a...