decontamination

FOUR YEARS AFTER: 71% of residents dissatisfied with work at...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in a recent photo before the fourth anniversary of the nuclear accident (Naoko Kawamura)
Around 71 percent of Fukushima Prefecture residents remain dissatisfied with the central government’s handling of the nuclear disaster four years after the triple meltdown...
Japan's 1st mass-produced drone takes maiden flight
A drone that will be mass-produced in Japan on a test flight in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 20 (Satoru Sekiguchi)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The nation's first mass-produced drone underwent a test flight here Feb. 20 ahead of work assisting cleanup crews near the stricken Fukushima ...
Nagoya exec exploited boy, 15, for radioactive clean-up work
Workers going about decontamination work in a residential area in Date, Fukushima Prefecture, in April 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGOYA--Police arrested the manager of a construction firm here for using a teenager to help remove soil and debris contaminated by radioactive substances released in the...
Land secured in Fukushima opens door for 1st shipment of...
Preparatory work to build an interim storage site for radioactive waste is under way at the Okuma east industrial park (front) in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Feb. 3. The crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant stands in the background. (Tatsuya Shimada)
The government has begun prep work on a parcel of land near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to receive its first delivery of radioactive debris from...
Town near crippled nuclear facility OKs plan to build storage...
Futaba Mayor Shiro Izawa, right, and Seiichi Sasaki, the chairman of the Futaba town assembly, explain their Jan. 13 decision to accept the construction of an intermediate storage facility for radioactive waste. (Takuro Negishi)
A town that co-hosts the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has agreed to the construction of an intermediate storage facility for radioactive debris generated by the ...
Robot brings safety, dexterity to Fukushima cleanup arsenal
A decontamination robot developed by Sugino Machine Ltd. is shown in Namerikawa, Toyama Prefecture. (Makoto Ukai)
UOZU, Toyama Prefecture--A machinery maker here has developed a "crawling" robot capable of penetrating hard-to-reach areas for decontamination work at the crippled Fukushima...
Daiwa, Ritsumeikan develop method to decontaminate oil-polluted...
Daiwa House Industry Co. President Naotake Ohno (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Daiwa House Industry Co. and Ritsumeikan University have jointly developed a technique to decontaminate oil-polluted soil with carbon and oil-degrading bacteria, the company...
Atomic Energy Agency finds more effective way to measure radiation ...
A map showing the distribution of radioactive substance concentrations in a reservoir prior to decontamination work (Provided by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
The Japan Atomic Energy Agency has developed a new way to measure radiation in agricultural reservoirs that will enable the government to streamline decontamination work.
Fukushima governor sets 5 conditions for storing radioactive waste
Radioactive waste from decontamination work is temporarily stored in a residential area in Koori, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Fukushima governor issued five conditions for accepting radioactive debris at a planned interim storage facility, including a law stipulating that the waste will be moved...
Second group of Fukushima residents given OK to return home in...
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KAWAUCHI, Fukushima Prefecture--Some residents of this village who lived within the 20-kilometer restricted zone surrounding the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant were told...
Decontamination worker moved by what he saw writes poetry in...
Minoru Ikeda, who has just returned to Tokyo from Fukushima Prefecture (The Asahi Shimbun)
Retired letter carrier Minoru Ikeda had never written a "tanka" poem in his life, but working to decontaminate areas in Fukushima Prefecture and seeing the reality of the...
Long-running manga triggers uproar with Fukushima scenes
This installment of the "Oishinbo" manga was the target of protests from Fukushima prefectural government officials. (Takuro Negishi)
Politicians at the national and local level have taken offense with depictions of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in a long-running manga series that until now had focused on...
EDITORIAL: New decommissioning unit should become the core of TEPCO
One of the most serious challenges facing Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, is dealing with tons of contaminated water at the complex. (Takaharu Yagi)
A fresh management team has taken over at Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Fukushima evacuation order lifted for the first time
A farmer harvests rice on his farm in the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, in October 2013 for the first time since the onset of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
TAMURA, Fukushima Prefecture--The central government for the first time lifted an evacuation order around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, affecting 360 people, or 0....
Government agrees to radioactive waste facilities in 2 Fukushima...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara briefs Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato and other local leaders on the government's revised plan for intermediate storage facilities at the Fukushima prefectural government office on March 27. (The Asahi Shimbun)
FUKUSHIMA--The government has agreed to the prefecture's request to build intermediate storage facilities for holding radioactive waste in just two towns, instead of the three...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Decontamination planned for agricultural...
A high level of radioactive cesium has been detected in the mud of the Myotoishi reservoir in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government plans to start decontaminating hundreds of long-neglected reservoirs for agricultural use in Fukushima Prefecture that have shown unusually high...
Panel to plan Fukushima plant decommissioning, rebuilding of local ...
Kazuyoshi Akaba, deputy industry minister, talks to reporters about the planned study group that will devise a road map on how best to decommission the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and rebuild local industry at a news conference in Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 30. (Shinichi Fujiwara)
FUKUSHIMA--The deputy industry minister said he will set up a special study group this month to advise him on how to map out a long-term strategy for decommissioning the...
Fukushima decontamination effort extended up to 3 years
Soil contaminated by radiation is stored on a temporary basis in the grounds of a junior high school in the town of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, in November. (Takuro Negishi)
The Environment Ministry has decided to extend state-run radiation removal work for some municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture by up to three years, according to a well-placed ...
Plan in works to ease TEPCO's cleanup burden
Radioactive debris piles up at a playground in a housing complex in Shirakawa, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 16. (Kunio Ozawa)
The government plans to reduce the financial burden of Tokyo Electric Power Co. by allocating gains from future sales of TEPCO shares for cleaning up Fukushima nuclear disaster ...
EDITORIAL: There can be no empty promises over Fukushima storage...
Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, right, talks to town mayors in Fukushima Prefecture on Dec. 14. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The government on Dec. 14 formally asked the governor of Fukushima Prefecture and three town mayors to accept facilities to temporarily store soil and other materials...