Fukushima Prefecture

British Hills hotel to host Valentine’s cosplay party
The British Hills is a medieval-themed resort hotel in Tenei, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by British Hills Co.)
TENEI, Fukushima Prefecture--A special Valentine’s Day cosplay event will be held here in which participants can enjoy a romantic stay at the medieval-themed British Hills...
55 schools still unusable in 3/11 disaster-hit prefectures
Desks and chairs clutter a classroom at Kumamachi Elementary School in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 12. (Satoru Semba)
Fifty-five public elementary schools and junior high schools in the three prefectures hardest hit by the March 2011 disaster remain unusable, including 30 around the crippled...
Group to monitor trial of former TEPCO executives to clarify truth ...
From left, Ruiko Muto, Kazuyoshi Sato and Takashi Soeda hold a news conference in Fukushima on Jan. 19 to announce a planned group that will monitor the trial of three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Masakazu Honda)
Lawyers, journalists and scientists will form a group to help expose the truth and spread details about the Fukushima nuclear disaster during the criminal trial of three former ...
Fukushima governor pushes sake in Davos to eradicate safety...
Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori introduces premium sake from his prefecture at the Japan Night promotion event held on the sidelines of the Davos forum in Switzerland on Jan. 21. (Ichiro Matsuo)
DAVOS, Switzerland--Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori pitched sake on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Jan. 21 to prove the safety and quality of his prefecture’s ...
Researchers: No doubt cleanup at Fukushima nuclear plant...
The black spots show radioactive particles found on the ears of rice harvested in autumn 2013 in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. (Provided by Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Radioactive substances that contaminated rice paddies here in 2013 came from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, an international...
5 years on, efforts continue to rescue stray cats around Fukushima ...
Takemi Shirota, a staff member of the Nyander Guard, a private cat rescue group in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, holds a cat that was found last November in Okuma, which co-hosts the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Makoto Takada)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--With the onset of another freezing winter, the head of a private group founded in this town to rescue cats left behind when residents evacuated...
Struggling Fukushima fishermen hold 1st New Year's ceremony in 5...
Boats take off from Hisanohama fishing port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, to pray for a safe and plentiful harvest in a New Year’s ceremony on Jan. 8. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Fishermen held a traditional New Year’s ceremony here on Jan. 8 for the first time since the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster killed ...
Suicides rise among Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees
The Asahi Shimbun
Disaster-related suicides in Fukushima Prefecture have surged this year, with prolonged evacuation from the nuclear accident and uncertainty about returning home or leading...
Moves to restart Takahama reactors have Fukushima evacuees asking, ...
The No. 3, right, and the No. 4 reactors at the Takahama nuclear power plant in Takahama, Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With the Takahama nuclear power plant getting the green light for a restart, evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture are asking if anything was learned from their plight following...
Fukushima's record decreasing rate of population causing gender...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--Fukushima Prefecture’s population has declined by 5.7 percent since 2010, its largest recorded drop and the cause of a widening gender gap in some areas, according ...
Record 790,000 foreigners work in Japan, many tackling risky jobs
A Bolivian man of Japanese descent talks with his family about his job as a decontamination worker in Fukushima Prefecture. (Sawaaki Hikita)
Japan is increasingly depending on foreign workers to meet a shortfall in the domestic working population, but many of the jobs are menial or ones that nobody else wants.
Government estimate: Almost 100 percent of contaminated soil can...
Bags of radioactive soil that were generated from cleanup operations are seen at a temporary storage site in March 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Up to 99.8 percent of more than 20 million cubic meters of contaminated soil generated from cleanup operations in Fukushima Prefecture can be recycled, according to an...
Haruki Murakami reveals that frying oysters helps him write novels
Haruki Murakami (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--In a rare public appearance, author Haruki Murakami likened the writing of his novels to frying oysters in remarks to about 200 literary fans...
New Fukushima winery uncorks effort to help farmers with local...
Wine-making tanks at the Fukushima Ouse Winery in Koriyama are set to produce quality wine using fruits harvested in Fukushima Prefecture. (Makoto Takada)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--With the raising of a glass to local farmers, a venture winery here has started operations in hopes of helping local fruit orchards that have...
Radiation monitoring center opens in coastal Fukushima
A Fukushima prefectural official shows radiation monitoring drones at the environmental radiation center in Minami-Soma on Nov. 16. (Masakazu Honda)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A research headquarters to monitor radiation levels from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant around the clock opened here Nov....
Fukushima village's sister-city treaty with Machu Picchu owed to...
Otama Mayor Toshikazu Oshiyama, left, and Machu Picchu Mayor Delman David Gayoso Garcia hold the sister-city treaty documents in the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru on Oct. 26. (Provided by the Otama village government)
Nearly a century later, the contributions made by Japanese immigrant Yokichi Nouchi to improve the lives of people in Peru are still remembered.
Okuma plans apartments for evacuated elderly who want to live out...
An elderly married couple is living in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, as evacuees from the 2011 nuclear disaster. (Satoru Semba)
With all the 10,000 residents of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, still evacuated from the March 2011 nuclear accident, many of the elderly are hoping to live their final years in...
Evacuees, students help empty Fukushima town preserve its history
Students of Fukushima University help to preserve historical materials from Tomioka in a branch facility of the town government’s temporary office in Koriyama on Sept. 16. (Makoto Takada)
KORIYAMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Local government officials, evacuees and students are saving personal documents and other historical materials from destruction in a...
New case of thyroid cancer diagnosed in Fukushima; brings number...
FUKUSHIMA--An investigation into health problems triggered by the 2011 nuclear disaster here turned up a new case of thyroid cancer in a young person who lived near the...
Gundam robots on menu for anime fans at Fukushima roadside station
A large model of a Gundam robot is set up for photo opportunities at the Michi no Eki Bandai roadside station in Bandai, Fukushima Prefecture. (The Asahi Shimbun)
BANDAI, Fukushima Prefecture--Like most roadside rest areas it boasts organic vegetables, seafood and the usual array of local specialties, but then there's something...