Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant

Determined sake brewer seeks to revive Fukushima with renewable...
Yauemon Sato stands before a bank of solar panels at his company's Oguni power plant in Kitakata, Fukushima Prefecture. (Rei Kishitsu)
KITAKATA, Fukushima Prefecture--Yauemon Sato’s determination to forge ahead with his ideas, no matter how unorthodox, has led fellow workers to describe him as “a dump...
Health ministry proposes more than doubling radiation exposure...
Workers remove spent nuclear-fuel rods from a storage pool at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October 2014. (Pool)
The health ministry recommends raising the maximum radiation-exposure limit for nuclear plant workers during an emergency from the current 100 millisieverts to 250...
Celebrities send 'no more Fukushimas' message in book to...
"No Nukes: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Fukushima," which will be published by Kodansha Ltd. on April 20 (Hideki Soejima)
A nuclear-free world is the theme of a book that expresses the thoughts of Japanese celebrities and others that will be released to commemorate the 70th anniversaries of the...
Bogus labels, radiation fears prompt Taiwan to strengthen rules on ...
A worker examines the radiation levels of fish at a market in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, in 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
HONG KONG--Taiwan said April 16 it will further tighten regulations on food imports from Japan after forged place-of-origin labels allowed entry of banned products from...
Second 'transformer' robot completes mission inside crippled...
A robotic probe to survey the inside of reactor containment vessels at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The second shape-shifting robotic probe sent into the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has successfully surveyed the inside of a reactor after the failure of the first unit, ...
Risk probability of major nuclear accident to be cut by half
The Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, in September 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The industry ministry intends to cut the risk probability of a major nuclear accident occurring to once in 80 years, half that of the once-in-40-years rate contrived just after ...
Radiation exposure of cleanup workers around Fukushima plant well...
Decontamination work in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Cleanup crews around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were exposed to an average dose of 0.5 millisievert of radiation per year, well below the government...
Juvenile salmon released to keep spawning cycle alive in a...
Kiyomi Igari, left, releases juvenile salmon into the Tomiokagawa river in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 15. (Naoyuki Takahashi)
TOMIOKA, Fukushima Prefecture--Although all residents of Tomioka remain evacuated due to the nuclear accident, a local fishermen’s union is ensuring that salmon don't...
Stalled robot still useful in moving Fukushima decommissioning...
An image taken by a probe robot inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant shows what appears to be a latch. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
All was not lost when a robotic probe broke down inside a highly radioactive containment vessel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the plant operator says.
'Transformer' robot breakdown leaves TEPCO in the dark at...
The robot that became stuck inside the containment vessel of the No. 1 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
An unresponsive robot means it's back to the drawing board for officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. in determining how to decommission reactors at their crippled Fukushima No. ...
Robot stalls inside Fukushima reactor on Day 1 of probe
A robot used to study the interior of the No. 1 reactor of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
A sleek shape-changing robot sent to probe a highly radioactive containment vessel of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant got stuck hours after it was deployed,...
3 methods proposed to remove melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
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A semi-governmental organization has come up with three possible methods to tackle the most difficult and dangerous task at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: removing ...
HARUTOMO HAGI: Fukushima chef boosts local farmers with unique...
Harutomo Hagi talks to a local farmer about newly harvested cabbage in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Kazuyoshi Sako)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Three months after the Fukushima nuclear disaster unfurled in March 2011, business came to a standstill at chef Harutomo Hagi’s French restaurant ...
Fukushima radiation detected off Canada's coast
A photo taken March 15, 2011, of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant’s No. 3 reactor, left foreground, and No. 4 reactor, rear (Photo by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
PORTLAND, Oregon--Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose ...
INSIGHT: Why not talk more about a nuclear-free future for Japan?
Satoshi Shima, center, visits an exhibition on renewable energy in Tokyo in July with former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, left. (Naohito Maeda)
While German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is moving to pull the plug on nuclear power in her nation, was visiting Japan on March 9, I met with a former Lower House member.
Fukushima couple take sentimental journey before their home...
Hisatomo Suzuki and his former colleagues at the Okuma town hall watch carp streamers flutter in the wind from Suzuki’s home, shown in the right background, in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 4. (Yosuke Fukudome)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Standing head to toe in protective gear, Hisatomo Suzuki gazes at the new carp streamers he hoisted outside his home.
Fukushima residents suing government for lifting evacuation...
A young girl is checked for internal radiation exposure using the Baby Scan device in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, in September 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Hundreds of residents here plan to sue the central government for lifting evacuation advisories near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant,...
TEPCO to come clean on radiation levels, allow checks by outside...
Local government representatives are briefed by TEPCO officials about the leakage of water from a storage tank of contaminated water at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Embattled Tokyo Electric Power Co. pledged to disclose all data on radiation levels at its stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after it was taken to task for delaying...
COMMENTARY: Fukushima laments fading memories of nuclear disaster
Construction of an interim storage facility for radioactive soil and other debris starts in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, in February. The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is seen in the background. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A daily calendar pad on a living room wall in a private home in this northeastern community still showed the fateful date: “March 11, 2011.”
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...