radiation

NRA head signals massive release of tainted water to help...
NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka, foreground, inspects storage tanks holding water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Satoru Semba)
The head of Japan's nuclear watchdog said contaminated water stored at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant should be released into the ocean to ensure safe...
Student peddling Fukushima air to revive interest in nuclear...
Atsu, creator of the Tohoku Cans containing air from Fukushima Prefecture (Akemi Harada)
A teenager is selling cans of “Fukushima air” to shock the public into reviving debate over the 2011 nuclear disaster.
Global eco-radiation research institute opens in Fukushima
The germanium semiconductor detector at Fukushima University's Institute of Environmental Radioactivity on Dec. 3 (Yukiko Kiyono)
FUKUSHIMA--With its team of international researchers, Fukushima University’s Institute of Environmental Radioactivity moved into full-scale operation on Dec. 3.
British researcher blasts U.N. report on Fukushima cancer risk as...
Keith Baverstock speaks about a U.N. report on the health effects of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. (Masakazu Honda)
A British scientist who studied the health effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster panned a United Nations report that virtually dismissed the possibility of higher cancer rates ...
COMMENTARY: Birth defects never increased in Fukushima Prefecture
A 1-year-old boy undergoes radiation testing in Fukushima Prefecture three days after the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The rate of birth defects in babies born in Fukushima Prefecture remains no different from the national average even after the nuclear disaster there, says a report recently...
Plans to remove cover over damaged Fukushima reactor draws concern
The cover over the No. 1 reactor building of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in June 2014 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Amid local concerns of the further spread of radioactive materials, Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced plans to start dismantling the canopy installed over the destroyed...
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.
Major budget cut planned for radiation forecasting tool for...
The Asahi Shimbun
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is planning a major slash in the budget for a forecasting tool for the spread of radioactive substances that was at the center of a controversy ...
Second group of Fukushima residents given OK to return home in...
The Asahi Shimbun
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...
Decontaminated water from Fukushima plant to be dumped into sea
The Asahi Shimbun
Tokyo Electric Power Co. wants to dump decontaminated water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant into the ocean.
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 ...
EDITORIAL: Abe needs to get priorities right before reactor...
The Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The central government has required all prefectural and municipal entities within a 30-kilometer radius of nuclear power plants to have their own emergency response plans.
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...
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 ...
PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (8): Akihito wanted ...
Emperor Akihito, second from right, visits an evacuation shelter in Fukushima city along with Fukushima Governor Yuhei Sato, third from right, on May 11, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Editor's note: This is the eighth part of a new series under The Prometheus Trap heading. It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great...
MASAHARU TSUBOKURA: Battling anger and criticism, young doctor...
Masaharu Tsubokura says: "For these three years, I have been living at breakneck speed with the help of a lot of friends." (Kazuyoshi Sako)
Masaharu Tsubokura was in Paris with his fiancee when he received a phone call from his boss in Japan, who abruptly asked him: “When are you coming back to Japan?”
Ground broken for frozen soil wall at Fukushima nuclear plant
The Asahi Shimbun
Work started June 2 on a 32-billion-yen ($314 million) project to build an underground frozen wall at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to address a chronic problem...
EDITORIAL: Fukushima and the world benefit from full disclosure of ...
Evacuees from Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, attend a meeting in February to discuss the lifting of the evacuation order for the city's Miyakoji district. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
What should policymakers think about the effects of exposure to low levels of radiation in areas affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster?
Radioactive water floods Fukushima plant basements after wrong...
Temporary storage tanks holding radioactive water line the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Satoru Semba)
Tons of highly radioactive water have flooded basements at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after pumps that should not have been in use were mistakenly turned...
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...