radiation

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...
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....
THREE YEARS AFTER: Risks of radiation exposure remain high for...
Workers push wheelbarrows near the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
About half of the workers at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in the three years since the triple meltdown have been exposed to more than 5 millisieverts of radiation, a ...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Education ministry revises teaching materials...
Revised supplementary readers on radiation for elementary schools (Yuichiro Oka)
Supplementary school textbooks have been revised to provide more detailed and neutral explanations of radiation fallout from the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture that...
THREE YEARS AFTER: Radioactive waste piles up in Tokyo area with...
Bags of radioactive waste lie under a tent at the garbage incineration site in Nagareyama, Chiba Prefecture. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Kikuji Enomoto wanted to live his retirement in peace while helping to beautify his neighborhood, but he is now stuck residing near more than 500 tons of radioactive waste.
60 years after nuclear tests, Marshall Islanders still waiting to...
The 80-meter-deep Bravo Crater was created by a hydrogen bomb test on March 1, 1954. (Kenta Sujino)
Banjo Joel fondly recalls his return home to Bikini Atoll after the U.S. government provided assurances that radiation from nuclear bomb testing no longer posed a threat to...
TEPCO aims to cut airborne radiation from Fukushima plant to...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has set a goal of reducing airborne radiation levels outside its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to one-eighth the current levels by the...
Fukushima dental group to study baby teeth for radiation exposure
Children play in a sandbox in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, in January 2012. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--The prefectural dental association has started a five-year study to measure radiation levels in baby teeth to better determine the health effects of the 2011...
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, ...
NRA tells TEPCO to reduce radiation exposure at Fukushima plant
Workers operate a nuclear fuel hoist above the storage pool in the No. 4 reactor building at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on Nov. 18. (Provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Feb. 5 it instructed Tokyo Electric Power Co. to reduce radiation exposure among workers who are removing spent and unspent fuel from a...
Debris hinders decommissioning work at Fukushima nuclear plant
Debris and equipment damaged by a 2011 explosion cover the fourth floor of the No. 4 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
The No. 4 reactor of the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, where workers are removing spent nuclear fuel, is still a gutted shell and conditions there remain...
Town in shadow of stricken nuclear plant to set up base for...
An artist's rendering of the base for recovery, which will be constructed in the southern part of Okuma town, Fukushima Prefecture (Provided by the Okuma town government)
OKUMA, Fukushima Prefecture--The southern part of this ghost town that co-hosts the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is to be turned into a base for recovery...
Radiation levels near Fukushima plant boundary 8 times the...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in November 2013 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Radiation levels around the boundary of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have risen to eight times the government standard of 1 millisievert per year, Tokyo Electric...
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 ...
Cabinet approves new approach to rebuilding Fukushima
A yellow traffic notice warns about a "no-entry zone" near a shopping street in Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, in November. The signboard above says "nuclear energy for a bright future." (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Abe Cabinet approved guidelines that take a more realistic approach to rebuilding Fukushima Prefecture after the 2011 nuclear accident, including abandoning the goal of...
Fukushima evacuees face dilemma over return to former no-entry zone
Seisaku Yoshida, center, shares a meal with grandson Seishiro, left, and other family members at his shelter in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. (Shinichi Fujiwara)
TAMURA, Fukushima Prefecture--Kiyokazu Watanabe, his wife and his mother have returned to their home in an eastern strip of this city near the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, ...
Record outdoor radiation level detected at Fukushima plant
An exhaust stack is seen between the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant on March 15, 2011. (Provided by TEPCO)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Dec. 6 it detected the highest estimated radiation level for an outdoor location at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
PHOTO: Fukushima dried persimmons being readied for market
Workers hang peeled persimmons inside a farm building to dry the fruit. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
For the first time since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, local farmers are preparing a delicacy known as "anpo" persimmon.
NRA plan to implement use of personal dosimeters no easy task
A dosimeter lent to Fukushima Prefecture residents during a temporary visit to an evacuation zone (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's nuclear watchdog has recommended that people who evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 wear personal dosimeters once they return to their communities.