Fukushima Prefecture

Record-low ratio of children in Japan's shrinking population
One of Japan’s priorities is to increase the birthrate. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Children up to 14 years old accounted for a record-low 12.9 percent of Japan’s population, while seniors 65 or older made up 25.1 percent of the total, the internal affairs...
Survivors of 2011 disaster race to flee as tsunami arrives from...
This woman, taking shelter at a municipal health and welfare center in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, on April 3, said she woke her son, lying asleep on the sofa, immediately after a tsunami advisory was issued. (Masataka Yamaura)
Tsunami generated by the magnitide-8.2 earthquake that struck off the coast of northern Chile on April 1 took nearly a full day to cross the Pacific Ocean.
U.N. report finds no increase in Fukushima cancer rates
A child's thyroid gland is checked at Tokatsu Hospital in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, in November last year. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A U.N. committee dismissed any recognizable rise in overall cancer rates among residents of Fukushima Prefecture caused by fallout from the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Daughter of TEPCO worker struggles with family...
Haruka Yashiro receives her high school diploma at a graduation ceremony in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 1. (Satoru Ogawa)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A teenage girl whose family has fallen apart since the Fukushima nuclear crisis unfolded is finally coming to terms with her father's job.
Government refuses to limit sites for final disposal of...
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, left, speaks to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, second from right, and Takumi Nemoto, the minister in charge of post-quake reconstruction, in Tokyo on Feb. 12. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government rejected a request by the governor of Fukushima prefecture to introduce legislation guaranteeing that the final disposal facilities for radioactive waste ...
Thyroid cancer cases increase among young people in Fukushima
Evacuees take cancer-preventing iodine tablets in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 12, 2011, a day after the nuclear disaster started. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The number of young people in Fukushima Prefecture who have been diagnosed with definitive or suspected thyroid gland cancer, which is often associated with radiation exposure, ...
Nuclear issue looms over prefectural gubernatorial elections
The proposed construction site for the Kaminoseki nuclear plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nuclear energy looks set to dominate gubernatorial elections outside Tokyo as local government consent is key to bringing nuclear plants back online or building new ones.
Niigata governor calls TEPCO's turnaround plan a 'pie in the sky'
Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida addresses prefectural government officials in early January. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Government officials in Niigata Prefecture criticized Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s rebuilding plan that includes bringing idled nuclear reactors back online.
Town in shadow of stricken nuclear plant to set up base for...
An artist's rendering of the base for recovery, which will be constructed in the southern part of Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture (Provided by the Okuma town government)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The southern part of this ghost town that co-hosts the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is to be turned into a base for recovery...
Dairy farmer records changes to his Fukushima village
Kenichi Hasegawa (Photo by Maki Okubo)
DATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Kenichi Hasegawa’s home videos and photos do not contain the usual fare. They show cows heading for slaughter, villagers bidding farewell, and men ...
Experts differ over nuclear accident's effect on cancer rate in...
A child has her thyroid gland checked with an ultrasonic sensor at Tokatsu Hospital in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture, in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Experts were divided over whether radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident affected the thyroid cancer rate among children in Fukushima Prefecture, in which 59 young...
Cabinet approves new approach to rebuilding Fukushima
A yellow traffic notice warns about a "no-entry zone" near a shopping street in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, in November. The signboard above says "nuclear energy for a bright future." (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe Cabinet approved guidelines that take a more realistic approach to rebuilding Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear accident, including abandoning the goal of...
Scientists develop method to wash most radioactive cesium from...
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KYOTO--Researchers say they have developed a new technology for efficiently isolating and removing fine particles that contain radioactive cesium from farm soil.
Fukushima evacuees face dilemma over return to former no-entry zone
Seisaku Yoshida, center, shares a meal with grandson Seishiro, left, and other family members at his shelter in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. (Shinichi Fujiwara)
TAMURA, Fukushima Prefecture--Kiyokazu Watanabe, his wife and his mother have returned to their home in an eastern strip of this city near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, ...
Political funds raised in 2012 rise to 113 billion yen; 1st...
Lawmakers make a toast with their contributors during a fund-raising party held by the Liberal Democratic Party's Nukaga faction at a Tokyo hotel in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Political funds raised by political parties and organizations in 2012 rose 11.7 percent from the previous year to 113 billion yen ($1.1 billion), the first increase in five...
PHOTO: Fukushima dried persimmons being readied for market
Workers hang peeled persimmons inside a farm building to dry the fruit. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
For the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, local farmers are preparing a delicacy known as "anpo" persimmon.
Shunned at home, Fukushima fruit farmers turn to Southeast Asia...
Peaches from Fukushima Prefecture line the shelves in a Bangkok department store on Aug. 30. They were all sold out in two days. (Provided by the Fukushima prefectural government)
DATE, Fukushima Prefecture--Toshiyuki Saito still manages to smile as he carefully packs his products that are banned in some overseas markets and the subject of health scares...
Rice harvesting starts again in former Fukushima no-entry zone
Hisao Tsuboi harvests his rice field in the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, on Oct. 8 for the first time in three years. (Satoru Ogawa)
TAMURA, Fukushima Prefecture--The familiar sounds of a rice farmer harvesting his crop in autumn returned to the Miyakoji district here on Oct. 8 for the first time in three...
Floating Fukushima wind farm to energize region's hopes and...
The Fukushima Mirai wind turbine floats 20 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on Oct. 4. In the background is the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Within sight of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a high-tech wind farm that will eventually bring clean energy to thousands of...
South Korea dismisses request to lift Japanese seafood embargo
A bonito fisherman prepares the first catch of the season for the market at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Seoul on Sept. 16 rejected Tokyo’s request to lift a ban on Japanese seafood imports that was imposed over fears of radioactive water leaking at the stricken Fukushima...