decontamination

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...
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.
Frustrated voters dump incumbent mayor in Fukushima election
Kaoru Kobayashi celebrates his win in the Fukushima mayoral election with his wife on Nov. 17. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
FUKUSHIMA--Fukushima Mayor Takanori Seto became the latest incumbent ousted from office in the prefecture, where residents and evacuees have expressed increased frustration...
EDITORIAL: Opinions of Fukushima evacuees essential in support...
A shopping district in Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, is empty in July. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Amid the prolonged evacuation from the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government effectively dropped its policy of aiming to have all evacuees return...
Fukushima evacuees express anger, resignation at government policy ...
Etsuko Oura shows a photo of her home in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, that was swept away by the 2011 tsunami. (The Asahi Shimbun)
A framed photograph in Etsuko Oura’s temporary housing shows an aerial view of the house that her husband and son had built 100 kilometers away in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture.
Coalition calls for state-led approach to Fukushima cleanup
Decontamination workers remove weeds in a planned area for an intermediate storage facility in Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, on Nov. 6. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated he will accept the ruling coalition parties’ proposal to pour taxpayers money into decontamination efforts to speed up the recovery from...
Lower radiation readings proposed to speed return of Fukushima...
Workers remove radioactive debris near Usuishi Elementary School in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority has drafted a proposal to accelerate the return home of Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees by using radiation readings that tend to be lower...
Some Fukushima evacuees can never return home, LDP exec admits
A house hit by the tsunami spawned by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, is located in "the areas to which evacuation orders are ready to be lifted" in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture. The photo was taken in May 2013. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SAPPORO--A ruling party executive has called on the government to candidly specify areas contaminated with radioactive materials from the devastated Fukushima No. 1 nuclear...
LDP wants government to cover Fukushima decontamination costs
Bags containing radioactive debris from decontamination work are piled at a temporary site in Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will propose that the government cover part of the costs for decontamination work around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and all expenses...
Documents show government tacitly accepts TEPCO’s refusal to pay ...
Workers remove radioactive debris near Usuishi Elementary School in Iitate, Fukushima Prefecture, on July 17. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co., operator of the embattled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, declared early this year that it will not repay radioactive cleanup costs in Fukushima...
IAEA urges Japan to give public a dose of reality on...
Juan Carlos Lentijo, chief of an International Atomic Energy Agency research team, discusses the cleanup effort in areas around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant at a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 21. (Takaharu Yagi)
An International Atomic Energy Agency team is urging Japan to temper public expectations that decontamination work near the devastated Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will...