Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

FOUR YEARS AFTER: 80% of Fukushima municipalities expect full...
The Asahi Shimbun
Hampered by radiation contamination, about 80 percent of disaster-hit municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture will need until at least fiscal 2021 to completely restore their...
Radioactive water detected again at Fukushima plant, source unknown
Tanks storing water contaminated with radioactive materials at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
A relatively high level of radioactivity was detected in ditch water around tanks at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but Tokyo Electric Power Co. has not pinpointed the...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: For filmmaker, everything changed in Fukushima...
Akira Onoda films the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 22. (Takeshi Teruya)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--Akira Onoda’s video footage of his hometown runs 350 hours, but it does not contain a single shot of his favorite scene--the sunrise over the...
Fukushima cleanup fails to convince as just 10 to 20% of evacuees...
The Asahi Shimbun
Less than one-fifth of evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster say they want to return to their homes, despite government efforts to speed up reconstruction in areas with...
POINT OF VIEW/ Muneo Kanno: Farmers, volunteers unite to bring...
Muneo Kanno in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture (Photo by Yukiko Seino)
IITATE, Fukushima Prefecture--I helped organize the Fukushima Saisei no Kai (Resurrection of Fukushima) nonprofit organization three months after the March 2011 earthquake and...
Hot on the trail of radioactivity, despite dwindling public...
Specially trained members and participants in the event measure the radioactivity levels of pears from Fukushima at the facility Albireo in Nishi-Tokyo, Tokyo, last November. (Yukari Takahashi)
Although there is less call for their services, a number of Tokyo-based citizens groups continue to monitor radioactivity levels to assuage those still not convinced that the...
Teacher's 50-year hobby key to studying nature in pre-disaster...
One of the samples gathered by Nobuo Sakurai. Fukushima University currently stores it along with a memo written by him. (Yu Kotsubo)
FUKUSHIMA--For half a century, Nobuo Sakurai has indulged in his hobby of wandering around eastern Fukushima Prefecture to observe nature and gather samples.
Nagoya exec exploited boy, 15, for radioactive clean-up work
Workers going about decontamination work in a residential area in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGOYA--Police arrested the manager of a construction firm here for using a teenager to help remove soil and debris contaminated by radioactive substances released in the...
TEPCO vows safety first in training program for workers at...
Workers check safety conditions near storage tanks for radioactive water before starting the day's work at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Feb. 3. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. submitted its plan to provide wide-ranging training programs for workers engaged in decommissioning of its crippled nuclear power plant in Fukuskima...
Children's picture book uses dragon as metaphor for nuclear power
A page from “Hikari no Ryu” depicts toxins flowing from a dragon’s belly that engulf a village. (Provided by Miyuki Ono)
Nuclear power is not mentioned in the children's picture book "Hikari no Ryu" (The dragon of light), but there's no mistaking the ominous message of a happy tale turned tragic...
‘Miracle pine’ that stood tall in tsunami offers hope for...
The “miracle pine tree” stands alone in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Nearly four years after the towering March 2011 tsunami swept away 70 households and claimed 54 lives in this seashore community, a lone...
VOX POPULI: Lessons of Fukushima fading fast in national...
So Kuramoto (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Hiroshi Takeyama (1920-2010), a survivor of the 1945 atomic-bombing of Nagasaki, left many poignant poems about the nuclear devastation. His poems have occasionally been quoted ...
New 'transformer' robot changes shape to access deadly Fukushima...
The new shape-changing robot developed by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning is put through tests in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Feb. 5. (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
HITACHI, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new shape-changing robot has been rolled out that can chart previously inaccessible areas of the damaged containment vessels at the crippled...
Fukushima poet's book immortalizes place names, normal lives of...
Jotaro Wakamatsu (Photo by Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Poet Jotaro Wakamatsu has long waged a campaign against nuclear power, but at first he remained silent, not writing a single poem during the...
Robot development zone planned for Fukushima to accelerate...
A reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant last October (Provided by TEPCO)
A special economic zone will be set up in Fukushima Prefecture to promote the development of robots that the central government hopes will speed the return of residents to the...
1st bus service starts through Fukushima no-entry zone
A passenger snaps a photo of the “difficult-to-return zone” in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, from a bus that started operations through the evacuation area on Jan. 31. (Yosuke Fukudome)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Public transportation has finally returned to an evacuation zone close to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, with a bus route that...
EDITORIAL: Safe and steady needs to be TEPCO’s mantra in...
Workers wipe water from a cask containing nuclear fuel that was removed from the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Dec. 20. (Pool)
Come March, it will have been four years since the triple meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant triggered massive leaks of radioactive material.
Foreign envoys sample Fukushima delicacies to promote exports
Four ambassadors--from left, New Zealand's Mark Sinclair, Britain's Tim Hitchens, Canada's Mackenzie Clugston and Australia's Bruce Miller--sample Fukushima delicacies at the Nihonbashi Fukushima-kan Midette in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on Jan. 27. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Ambassadors of four Commonwealth nations tucked into rice balls and other tasty morsels from Fukushima at an event in Tokyo to show support for food from the disaster-stricken...
Actress Yoshinaga to release CD of poems by Fukushima victims on...
Sayuri Yoshinaga reads poems written by victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster at a recording session on Jan. 16. (Provided by JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment Corp.)
When famed actress Sayuri Yoshinaga visited Katsurao in Fukushima Prefecture late last year, she came away shaken.
JR East begins dismantling deserted railway station near Fukushima ...
Workers prepare to dismantle a bridge connecting platforms at JR Tomioka Station in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on Jan. 26. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--Workers have begun tearing down structures at a train station here that was devastated in the deadly tsunami of 2011, citing the danger of...