Fukushima Prefecture

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...
World’s most powerful floating wind turbine unveiled in Fukushima
An enormous floating wind turbine at Onahama port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on June 22 (Kenichiro Shino)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--A floating wind turbine that will have the planet’s largest generating capacity was shown to the public at Onahama port here on June 22 ahead of...
6,500 sign up to save pro-nuclear signs as negative legacy of...
A signboard carrying the slogan written by Yuji Onuma stands in front of the municipal gymnasium in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. (Takuro Negishi)
FUTABA, Fukushima Prefecture--A group has submitted a petition with more than 6,500 signatures to preserve two signboards extolling the future of nuclear power here as a...
Compensation to Fukushima businesses hurt by nuke accident to end...
The Asahi Shimbun
Six years after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plan to pull the plug on compensation to business operators ...
Ministry to nationalize Fukushima site to bury radioactive waste
Environment Minister Yoshio Mochizuki, left, explains the government’s nationalization plan to heads of local governments in a Fukushima prefectural government office on June 5. (Akifumi Nagahashi)
FUKUSHIMA--The Environment Ministry said it will nationalize a privately owned site in Fukushima Prefecture to dispose of radioactive waste generated by the 2011 nuclear...
Ex-mayor sues state, TEPCO for stress caused by nuclear disaster
Katsutaka Idogawa, the former mayor of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, speaks in Fukui Prefecture on Jan. 25, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A former mayor who was exposed to high levels of radiation after the 2011 nuclear disaster is suing the central government and the operator of the wrecked Fukushima power plant ...
Fukushima again tops in grand prizes at sake competition
The Asahi Shimbun
Fukushima Prefecture won the most grand prizes at the Annual Japan Sake Awards for the third straight year, lifting the spirits of brewers still struggling with the effects of...
Try this for an artistic treat: An exhibition in Fukushima that...
Kenji Kubota, far left, and three other members of the organizing committee walk to a rental car in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, on April 18 to drive to “difficult-to-return zones.” (Noriyoshi Otsuki)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--An exhibition of art works that few people will likely ever see is now under way in areas of Fukushima Prefecture rendered uninhabitable by the...
UPDATE: Man who operated drone found in Tokyo was protesting Abe's ...
Yasuo Yamamoto, second from right, is transported from the Obama Police Station in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, on April 25 to the Metropolitan Police Department in Tokyo. (Noboru Tomura)
A man held for landing a drone on the roof of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's office in Tokyo said he was protesting the administration's nuclear policy.
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...
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...
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 ...
'Evangelion' producer hopes anime museum will put world spotlight...
Visitors check out a reproduced anime studio at “Kuso to Art no Museum--Fukushima Sakura Yugakusha” in Miharu, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 28. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
MIHARU, Fukushima Prefecture--In a twist for anime fans, the production company of "Neon Genesis Evangelion" is coming to the assistance of a rural area recovering from the...
Meet the 12-year-old Fukushima girl who is braving it alone at...
Teacher Satomi Senzaki comforts Chika Akimoto after the graduation ceremony at Kawauchi Elementary School in Kawauchi, Fukushima Prefecture, on March 23. (Yosuke Fukudome)
KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--For the past three years, all Chika Akimoto wanted to do was to hang out with kids of her age at school.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Radiation levels clear decontamination standard...
A radiation monitoring post installed in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture (Yosuke Fukudome)
Aerial radiation levels are lower than the standard requiring decontamination work in 88 percent of about 3,600 areas monitored in Fukushima Prefecture, an Asahi Shimbun survey ...
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Abe pledges new reconstruction framework by...
Only the foundation of JR Tomioka Station remains after the station building was demolished due to damage from the tsunami triggered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Hiroki Ito)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged sharply increased support to revitalize business operations in Fukushima Prefecture, through measures to be decided in May.
FOUR YEARS AFTER: Raw voices from Fukushima's aftermath heard in...
Ichie Watanabe speaks to the audience gathered at the "Fukushima no koe wo kiko!" (I'll hear Fukushima's voice) event in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward on March 3. (Louis Templado)
Essayist Ichie Watanabe has heard dozens of life stories from people impacted by the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear accident that followed, but she has done more than...
Prince William delights nuclear accident-affected children before...
Prince William interacts with local children at the Smile Kids Park facility in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture on Feb. 28. (Pool)
MOTOMIYA, Fukushima Prefecture--Britain's Prince William visited areas in Fukushima Prefecture impacted by the nuclear accident on Feb. 28, drawing renewed attention from the...
Entire Joban Expressway set to open with completion of Fukushima...
A radiation reading on the Joban Expressway shows 5.5 microsieverts per hour on Feb. 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A major artery connecting Tokyo to the coastal Tohoku region will open March 1, with the completion of the final stretch that runs past the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
Trio of approvals in Fukushima seals deal for radioactive soil dump
Bags filled with contaminated soil pile up at a temporary storage site in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. The bags will be transferred to the interim storage facility straddling Okuma and Futaba. (Eiji Hori)
Ending a prolonged and often contentious process, Fukushima Prefecture and two town governments agreed to host an interim storage facility for contaminated debris from the 2011 ...