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Global warming likely to displace hundreds of millions
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Hundreds of millions of people mainly in Asia could be displaced by the end of this century as global warming causes sea levels to rise, according to a report by a special U.N. ...
Freedom of navigation pits Japan, U.S. against China
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, and ASEAN leaders pose for a photo session ahead of a commemorative summit in Tokyo on Dec. 14. (Pool)
With Japan and the United States in one corner, and China in the other, the issue of freedom of navigation is taking center stage as China’s growing maritime presence...
Scientists: 2011 tsunami originated from slip in seabed clay layer
Tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake tears through Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2011. (Provided by a reader)
The towering tsunami created by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 originated from a slip in a clay layer along a plate boundary beneath the seabed off the Pacific coast...
IAEA recommends discharging Fukushima radioactive water to the sea
Juan Carlos Lentijo, left, head of an IAEA expert team to review Japan's plan to decommission the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, during a news conference at the Foreign Press Center Japan in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Dec. 4 (Akira Hatano)
A visiting team of IAEA experts said Japan should weigh the possibility of discharging part of the growing stockpile of contaminated water at the crippled Fukushima nuclear...
Floating Fukushima wind farm to energize region's hopes and...
The Fukushima Mirai wind turbine floats 20 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture on Oct. 4. In the background is the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Yosuke Fukudome)
NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture--Within sight of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a high-tech wind farm that will eventually bring clean energy to thousands of...
FUKUSHIMA WATER CRISIS: Combination of TEPCO errors led to latest...
The Asahi Shimbun
Patience is wearing thin over Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s continuing series of blunders at the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, the latest one allowing more radioactive ...
Two cats that have got it made, even if it means they have to swim
Chii and Dorami on a fish farm off Kasadoshima island in Kudamatsu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, on Sept. 13. (Masamitsu Oku)
KUDAMATSU, Yamaguchi Prefecture--Living on a fish farm would have to be every cat's dream, except for the water part.
Scientists: Drifting Styrofoam a toxic soup for world's oceans
The Asahi Shimbun
The world's oceans, awash with drifting Styrofoam packaging, may be facing unprecedented peril, scientists warn.
ANALYSIS: Contaminated water flowing into ocean despite Abe's claim
The Asahi Shimbun
Water contaminated with radiation is flowing out into the Pacific Ocean from a harbor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant despite assurances from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe...
Academic society recommends releasing radioactive tritium into sea
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant sits on the Pacific Ocean coastline. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
An academic society of nuclear engineers has come up with a proposal to dilute and release radioactive tritium into the sea as part of efforts to deal with the growing...
Manned submersible circles globe to pursue mysteries of deep-sea...
The Shinkai 6500, a manned research submersible (Provided by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
The water darkens and becomes pitch black as three men in a cramped submersible descend near the British Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea.
Cesium hotspots found in seabed east of Fukushima
The Asahi Shimbun
Radioactive cesium has formed hotspots on the seabed east of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the site of reactor meltdowns following the earthquake and tsunami...
TEPCO took no action about radioactive water leak for 2 years
The Asahi Shimbun
The operator of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant sat on its hands for more than two years despite having pledged to seal a leaking hole in a turbine building,...
Fishermen lambaste TEPCO over radioactive water leaks
Fishermen select fish to be tested for their radiation levels off Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, on May 20. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Representatives of Japan's national fishermen's federation visited Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters on July 25 to hand in a letter of protest over the recent leakage of...
TEPCO criticized for belated admission of radioactive leaks into...
Workers inject a sealing agent into the ground to prevent potential leaks on the seaside of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's No. 2 reactor on July 22. (Pool)
FUKUSHIMA--Fukushima prefectural officials blasted Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s belated admission that radioactive water was leaking into the ocean from the damaged Fukushima No. ...
TEPCO's plan to halt spread of radioactive water based on shaky...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in April (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. has started taking measures to contain highly radioactive groundwater at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, but its strategy is based on a theory that...
Abe's Marine Day message: Japan must defend its maritime interests
Senkaku Islands (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the need for Japan to defend its maritime interests on July 12, following Chinese activity around the disputed Senkaku Islands and a gas...
Higher seaborne tritium levels outside Fukushima plant suggest...
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant seen from the sea off Fukushima Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said radioactive water may still be leaking into the sea from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant after enhanced levels of radioactive...
Mass puffer spawning follows moon motion
A mass of grass puffers spawn along the shoreline on June 10 in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture. (Yusaku Kanagawa)
Guided by the motion of the moon, hundreds of grass puffer fish crowded along the shoreline to spawn in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture, on June 10.
Japan begins ocean surveys of methane hydrate reserves
An autonomous cruising survey vessel is used for detailed geological explorations of the seafloor. (Provided by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
Surveys of methane hydrate reserves beneath the Sea of Japan is now under way as part of an effort to give Japan a steady supply of natural gas for decades to come.