Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

Radioactive soil finally moved to Futaba site
Workers place bags of contaminated soil trucked to an interim storage facility in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 25. (Keisuke Sato)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--The Environment Ministry has begun transporting radioactive soil to the planned site of an interim storage facility here after years of tough...
Pope cites Fukushima nuclear crisis as a modern-day Tower of Babel
Pope Francis talks to reporters on Dec. 1 on a flight after visiting Turkey. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
ROME--Pope Francis warned against the dangers of arrogance in comparing the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant crisis to the biblical Tower of Babel, in a talk held with...
Business lobby calls for minimum 20% dependence on nuclear energy
Sendai nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An influential business organization called on the central government to maintain at least a 20-percent dependence on nuclear energy, citing expected limits on expanding the...
POINT OF VIEW/ Jun'ichi Isomae: Time to form solidarity to link...
A monument bearing lines from Kenji Miyazawa's poem "Ame ni mo Makezu" (Unbeaten by rain) stands damaged at Okawa Elementary School in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 29, 2011, two weeks after the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster, was immediately followed by a legion of photo books, collections of...
Costs in problem-plagued struggle at Fukushima plant near 600...
Workers check portable devices to remove strontium from contaminated water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October. (Pool)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. and the government have spent 590 billion yen ($4.93 billion) battling the Fukushima nuclear disaster, but problems persist and taxpayers could lose if ...
Meet the 12-year-old Fukushima girl who is braving it alone at...
Teacher Satomi Senzaki comforts Chika Akimoto after the graduation ceremony at Kawauchi Elementary School in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--For the past three years, all Chika Akimoto wanted to do was to hang out with kids of her age at school.
Cosmic beams reveal melted core inside Fukushima No. 2 reactor
Reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant housing (from back to front) the No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 reactors, in March 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers harnessing cosmic rays have discovered that all of the nuclear fuel inside the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant melted in the aftermath of...
TEPCO believes nearly all nuclear fuel melted in Fukushima reactor
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Tokyo Electric Power Co. said almost all the nuclear fuel in the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima plant likely melted in the aftermath of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ...
POINT OF VIEW/ Yuko Endo: 4 years from nuclear disaster, Fukushima ...
Mayor Yuko Endo listens to proposals for post-quake reconstruction from elementary school pupils in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, in November. (Susumu Okamoto)
The village of Kawauchi, where I serve as mayor, is located 20 to 30 kilometers southwest of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: NGOs introduce '10 Lessons from Fukushima'...
The booklet "10 Lessons from Fukushima" and translated versions line an exhibition space in Sendai on March 16. (Shunsuke Kimura)
SENDAI--A booklet focusing on the plight of residents of crisis-hit Fukushima Prefecture and advising communities on preparing for nuclear disasters was distributed here at a...
Only 35% of Fukushima nuclear plant workers agree to 1st round of...
In full protective gear, workers conduct various tasks near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Only 35 percent of the targeted workers who tackled the Fukushima nuclear accident are willing to undergo a health check in a survey to determine the effects of their radiation ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tohoku University develops flying robot to...
Researchers show off a flying robot designed to measure radiation levels at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at Tohoku University in Sendai. (Ryoma Komiyama)
SENDAI--A research team from Tohoku University and other institutions has developed a robot capable of being sent aloft and surveying radiation levels inside the reactor...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Fukushima cleanup takes step forward on 4th...
Workers continue their decommissioning efforts at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on the night of March 12. The luminous line in front is the Joban Expressway, which fully opened on March 1. (Wataru Sekita)
March 12 marked the fourth anniversary of the first hydrogen explosion at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, a terrifying moment in Japan’s worst nuclear disaster.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Radiation levels clear decontamination standard...
A radiation monitoring post installed in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture (Yosuke Fukudome)
Aerial radiation levels are lower than the standard requiring decontamination work in 88 percent of about 3,600 areas monitored in Fukushima Prefecture, an Asahi Shimbun survey ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Koizumi blasts Abe's nuclear policy, remark...
Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 11 (Shinichi Sekine)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said he was “dumbfounded” by his protege’s push to restart nuclear reactors and his claim that the ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Nuclear power plant worker regrets not saving...
Masashi Yoshida joins a search effort to find people still missing from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 11. (Takuro Negishi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--On the morning of the fourth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Masashi Yoshida offered water and freshly cooked rice to his late...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Tons of radioactive rainwater seeps into soil at ...
Storage tanks for highly radioactive water at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. reported a massive leak of radioactive rainwater at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 10.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: There's a price to pay for university research...
Kinki University's nuclear reactor in Higashi-Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, had been used by other universities for practical training. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
University research reactors were not exempt from the shutdowns of nuclear reactors that the central government ordered after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the ...
China approves new nuclear reactors following post-Fukushima...
A nuclear power plant under construction in China's Shandong province (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
BEIJING--China is reviving growth of its nuclear power industry with approval of its first new project in two years.
EDITORIAL: Successful Fukushima reconstruction must reflect needs...
The Namie town government in Fukushima Prefecture in January started to deliver free tablet computers to its former residents across the nation. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, 2011, leading to the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.