radiation

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...
Fukushima fishermen blast TEPCO over failure to disclose...
Tsunemasa Niitsuma, deputy head of TEPCO's Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters, apologizes at a Feb. 25 meeting with Fukushima fishermen, including Tetsu Nozaki, left, head of the Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations. (Hiroki Ito)
Fukushima fishermen appear to have finally run out of patience with Tokyo Electric Power Co.
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 ...
Hibakusha hope ‘atomic bomb classrooms,' whether good or evil,...
Shiroyama Elementary School after the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki in August 1945 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
NAGASAKI--Children in mysterious classes here underwent obligatory blood and urine tests. Their physical strength and bodily functions, as well as their intelligence and...
Skeptical Fukushima residents monitoring radiation levels in their ...
Members of Fukushima Saisei no Kai (Resurrection of Fukushima) drive through Iitate village to measure radiation levels on Jan. 28. (Yosuke Fukudome)
On a recent day in late January, a minicar departed from the Iitate village office in Fukushima Prefecture with stickers attached that said, "We are driving slowly because we...
New 'transformer' robot changes shape to access deadly Fukushima...
The new shape-changing robot developed by the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning is put through tests in Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Feb. 5. (Tsuyoshi Nagano)
HITACHI, Ibaraki Prefecture--A new shape-changing robot has been rolled out that can chart previously inaccessible areas of the damaged containment vessels at the crippled...
Officials resume lives in radiation-hit town in hope of paving way ...
Hiroshi Aoki, a senior official of the Naraha town government, takes a train to Iwaki from Naraha, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10. (Hiroki Ito)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--When Hiroshi Aoki boarded the first train of the day on a recent morning here, he was the only passenger.
Fukushima official admits dosimeter thievery to pay gambling debts
A radiation dosimeter (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--A prefectural government employee here stole 181 dosimeters and sold them to pay off gambling debts, authorities said.
Obesity a growing problem among children in Fukushima
Children play in a facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, on Dec. 10, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Fears that playing outdoors will risk radiation exposure, and other lifestyle changes brought on by the 2011 nuclear crisis, are being blamed for a rise in obesity among...
Fukushima evacuees pledge to rebuild communities on Coming-of-Age...
Yota Watanabe, center, reminisces with friends at a Coming-of-Age Day ceremony for Okuma residents held on Jan. 11 in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. (Yoshitaka Ito)
IWAKI, Fukushima Prefecture--Outside of their hometowns and a day earlier than usual, hundreds of evacuees in Fukushima Prefecture celebrated Coming-of-Age Day with the nuclear ...
Fukushima mothers compile booklet derived from radiation seminars
Masaharu Tsubokura, center, and the members of the Veteran Mothers' Society in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture (Yukiko Seino)
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--Mothers living near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have compiled a booklet offering basic knowledge about radiation and...
INTERVIEW/ Yukihiko Kayama: Experts should help Fukushima mothers...
Yukihiko Kayama (Photo by Yosuke Fukudome)
FUKUSHIMA--Psychiatrist Yukihiko Kayama said it is becoming more embarrassing, with the passage of time since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011, for mothers in Fukushima...
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...
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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 ...