radiation contamination

Residents block Environment Ministry study of candidate waste...
Residents of Kami, Miyagi Prefecture, refuse to budge even after an explanation by an Environment Ministry official, far right. (Shuhei Takei)
Exploratory drilling for a facility to house waste from the nuclear accident was canceled after local residents blocked access to the site in Kami, Miyagi Prefecture.
Fukushima takes new approach to ease fears of radiation in food
Farmer Mikio Matsuura, left, tells a media tour group from Tokyo about his mixed feelings on restarting shipments of dried persimmons in Kunimi, Fukushima Prefecture. (Keiichiro Inoue)
Fukushima Prefecture is spending about 1.7 billion yen ($16.6 million) this fiscal year to fight rumors about radiation from the stricken nuclear plant that have led to...
S. Korea bans fishery products from 8 Japanese prefectures
A fisherman unloads bonito and tuna at Onahama Port in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, in May.  (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
SEOUL--South Korea is banning all fishery product imports from eight Japanese prefectures, including Fukushima, due to concerns about radiation contamination from the crippled...
Worries over highly radioactive fish prompt study
Fishers on June 14 return to a fishing port in Fukushima Prefecture from a trial fishing operation with a haul of octopuses and shellfish. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Persistently high radioactivity in some fish caught close to the Fukushima nuclear plant has sparked a government investigation into the physiological basis for contamination...
Science ministry admits failings in handling of SPEEDI data
An operator checks a computer screen displaying SPEEDI data. (Pool)
The science ministry admitted it was partly responsible for not releasing accurate data on the spread of radiation to evacuees fleeing from the Fukushima disaster, but argued...
Ex-store manager arrested over false labels on Fukushima beef
Beef cattle in Fukushima Prefecture in September 2011 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
OSAKA--Police arrested the former manager of a meat shop in Osaka's Konohana Ward on May 28 on suspicion of falsely labeling Fukushima Prefecture beef as coming from Kagoshima...
Study shows wide variation in Fukushima radiation exposure
Officials in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, check evacuees from Futaba following an explosion at Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant for radiation exposure in March. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
FUKUSHIMA--A member of the public living near the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was exposed to more than 14 times the government’s safe annual limit of...
Radiation above standards found in rice from 5 farms
A Fukushima prefectural government worker checks rice grown in the Onami district of Fukushima city. (Ikuro Aiba)
Rice grown on five additional farms in the Onami district of Fukushima city contained levels of radioactive cesium exceeding government standards, Fukushima prefectural...
Animals flourishing in area near off-limits Chernobyl
Barbed wire marks off a forested area where soil and rubble contaminated by radiation have been buried. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
In southern Belarus along the border with the Ukraine stretches the Polessie State Radiation and Ecological Reserve, a foreboding name sure to keep the poachers and public out.
Kindergartens in Fukushima face declining enrollment
Only 24 of the 33 children who were in the class for 4-year-olds before the March disaster still attend this kindergarten in Fukushima city. (Yoshihiro Yasutomi)
Struggling to clean up playgrounds contaminated with radiation, kindergartens in Fukushima Prefecture have seen applications and enrollment plummet following the accident at...
Little progress made in disposing of radioactive rice straw
Rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium is stored in a Iwate Prefecture warehouse. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Farmers in eight prefectures are stuck with about 7,200 tons of rice straw contaminated with radioactive cesium, the farm ministry said Oct. 17, as local governments struggle...
Panel considers compensation for voluntary evacuees
A government panel considering guidelines for compensation payments for those affected by the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant agreed that expanding these...
Airborne radiation survey to cover all regions in eastern Japan
Staff board a helicopter in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, on July 26 to conduct radiation measurements. (Hirohiko Nakamura)
The government will expand airborne radiation measurements to cover all regions of eastern Japan to provide a more precise picture of "hot spots" of elevated radiation levels...
Radiation scare forces tests of Japanese exports
A worker checks radiation levels on Nissan cars to be shipped from Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Photo by Ken Miyazaki)
Fear of radiation poisoning from Japanese products is forcing exporters to conduct extensive radiation tests on products being shipped overseas.
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