Fukushima Prefecture

SURVEY: Iwaki residents harbor mixed emotions toward Fukushima...
A temporary housing complex in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, accommodates evacuees from Naraha, a town that hosts the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--The majority of residents in this city, which has taken in a large outpouring of the evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, feel sympathy...
Students from tsunami-hit, nuke disaster-affected towns to hold...
Rinoa Nakai, left, and Yuta Miura hold a presentation on their experiences at the time of the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami on Aug. 12 in Tokyo. (Natsuki Edogawa)
High school students from a tsunami-ravaged town in Tohoku and a municipality near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will hold a joint exhibition of then-and-now ...
LDP headquarters reluctantly backing Nakaima in Okinawa election
Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Trapped in a corner, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party plans to back Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima in his re-election bid this autumn, even though the party does not like ...
Marubeni launches hydropower project in Fukushima Prefecture
Marubeni Corp. has started construction of a small hydropower plant in the Minami-Aizu region of Fukushima Prefecture, the first such project in the prefecture since the March...
Chastened Ishihara apologizes to Fukushima mayors, governor for...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, left center, bows deeply in apology to Okuma Mayor Toshitsuna Watanabe, second from right, in a meeting in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 23. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Embattled Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara visited Fukushima Prefecture on June 23 to personally apologize for suggesting last week that buying off locals will pave the...
Fukushima residents make YouTube 'Happy' dance video to show life...
Two waitresses dance to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" in a YouTube video that was made to show that life still goes on in Fukushima Prefecture despite the March 2011 nuclear accident. (Taken from YouTube)
FUKUSHIMA--An amateur video of residents from Fukushima Prefecture dancing to the hit U.S. single “Happy” is proving to be somewhat of a minor sensation on YouTube.
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (10): Emperor...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visit a factory of Kikuchi Seisakusho Co. in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture. (Pool)
Editor's note: This is the final part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East ...
Environment minister suggests Fukushima residents can be bought
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara explains his comment about money at a June 17 news conference. (Teru Okumura)
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara apologized on June 17 for suggesting that payments to residents in Fukushima Prefecture would resolve the problem of selecting a site to...
Fukushima governor wants Olympic torch runners to see recovery
Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, right, poses with Yoshiro Mori, head of 2020 Olympic organizing committee, after signing a joint statement at the office of the Fukushima prefectural government June 17. (Keisuke Sato/ The Asahi Shimbun)
FUKUSHIMA--The governor of Fukushima said June 17 that he wants the Olympic torch relay to come to the prefecture ahead of the 2020 Tokyo games so the world can see how far the ...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (9): Imperial...
Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrive at Fukushima Airport on May 11, 2011. (Pool)
Editor's note: This is the ninth part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East ...
State to lift evacuation order for Fukushima town next spring
A train takes a test run on the JR Joban Line in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 29. Bags containing radioactive soil can be seen along the railway. (Yosuke Fukudome)
The government plans to lift the mandatory evacuation order for Naraha, allowing residents to return to the town hit hard by the Fukushima nuclear disaster as early as spring...
Government sweetening the pot for storage of Fukushima radioactive ...
This area in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, that is a candidate site for an intermediate storage facility for radioactive waste still shows signs of damage from the tsunami caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Satoru Semba)
The central government is compiling a generous compensation plan to overcome the reluctance of two towns to host intermediate storage facilities for radioactive waste from the...
50 hours needed for evacuation if another nuclear accident occurs
Residents of Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, flee the town on March 12, 2011, after disaster unfolded at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
It would take two days to evacuate over half a million residents in the event of another massive radioactive leak at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, according to ...
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.