Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

Radioactive dust released during Fukushima cleanup reaches as far...
The Asahi Shimbun
Airborne radioactive materials released during debris-clearing work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were found in a town 60 kilometers away on seven occasions since...
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.
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...
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...
COMMENTARY: Radioactive pollution endangers cultures of Tohoku...
A log-grown shiitake mushroom producer in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, appears despondent in April 2012 after shipments from the city were suspended. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ICHINOSEKI, Iwate Prefecture--Residents of the Higashiyama district, some 15 kilometers east of the center of this northeastern city, used to go into the mountains to gather...
Chubu Electric built 250 million yen slush fund to win over...
The Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former director of Chubu Electric Power Co. said the regional utility had its contractors pony up 250 million yen ($2.46 million) over 20 years for a secret fund to buy the...
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.
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...
EDITORIAL: Too many vital questions need answering before...
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The nuclear catastrophe that struck in 2011 raised a wide range of grave issues for Japanese politics and society. But none of them has been answered satisfactorily.
Fukushima evacuee collects memories of those who can never return
Hidenori Konno, second from right, shows his collection of testimonies on April 9 in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture. They were provided by some of those who were forced to flee their homes due to the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The other four people are, from right, Yoshimi Saito, Kazuko Konno, Yoichi Konno and Taka Saito. (Mikio Kano)
MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--A retired social welfare official who was forced to flee his home in the Tsushima district of the town of Namie after the accident at the...
Japan to experience nuclear-free summer
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s delayed application for safety screenings of two reactors means Japan will be without nuclear energy this summer for the first time since the...
COMMENTARY: Abnormal changes in small birds and the role of science
Normal tail feathers of a common reed bunting, left, and abnormal ones with an uneven length and a moth-eaten appearance (Provided by the Yamashina Institute for Ornithology)
FUKUSHIMA--The chirping of birds filled the air on the riverbed where the Abukumagawa river runs through the city of Fukushima just after 4 a.m. on May 24.
Government estimates all Fukushima areas safe for living by 2021
Deserted farmland in a 'difficult-to-return' zone in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, in May (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Evacuees can return home in the hardest-hit areas around the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant by 2021, after decontamination work sufficiently reduces...
Plaintiffs return to examine damage nuclear disaster did to their...
Keiko Sawauchi’s damaged grand piano sits in a room scattered with books and other articles in her house in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 21. (Masakazu Honda)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--When Keiko Sawauchi returned to her home here on a recent visit, the 60-year-old piano teacher could not even bring herself to look at her...
EDITORIAL: Ishihara’s remark about interim storage facility adds ...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
No doubt about it. Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara’s insensitive remark about the problem of selecting a site to temporarily store radiation-contaminated soil...
EDITORIAL: Abe needs to get priorities right before reactor...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government has required all prefectural and municipal entities within a 30-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants to have their own emergency response plans.
VOX POPULI: Ishihara lacks empathy for Fukushima victims
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara is questioned about his controversial remarks during an Upper House committee meeting June 17. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Michio Watanabe (1923-1995), an influential Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker who held a series of key Cabinet posts, including that of foreign minister, was a self-proclaimed...
Lack of information hampered government's evacuation efforts in...
Upper House member Tetsuro Fukuyama (The Asahi Shimbun)
As the crisis unfurled at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011, the prime minister’s office issued a series of evacuation orders in reaction to worsening...