Apr 14, 2011

East Fukushima shiitake banned

Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Wednesday banned the shipment of shiitake raised outdoors in eastern Fukushima Prefecture near the crippled nuclear power plant after radioactive substances exceeding government standard were detected. Subject to the ban are shiitake harvested outdoors on logs in the cities ...

Apr 14, 2011

Radiation surges above 4's fuel pool

Radiation has risen to high levels above the spent-fuel pool at reactor No. 4 and its temperature is rising, the nuclear safety agency said Wednesday, indicating the fuel rods have been further damaged and are emitting radioactive substances. The radiation level 6 meters above ...

Disaster toll still incalculable

| Apr 12, 2011

Disaster toll still incalculable

Although a month has passed since the magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on March 11, no one yet has a clear idea of when or how the radiation disaster will end. But one thing is certain: Prime ...

Seawater radiation shoots far past limit

Apr 6, 2011

Seawater radiation shoots far past limit

Radioactive iodine-131 readings taken from seawater near the water intake of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant’s No. 2 reactor reached 7.5 million times the legal limit, Tokyo Electric Power Co. admitted Tuesday. The sample that yielded the high reading was taken Saturday, before ...

Tepco dumps toxic water into sea

Apr 5, 2011

Tepco dumps toxic water into sea

Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Monday began releasing 10,000 tons of low-level radioactive water from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant into the Pacific Ocean on Monday evening to help accelerate the process of bringing the crippled complex under control. The radical step was ...

Two missing Tepco workers found dead

Apr 4, 2011

Two missing Tepco workers found dead

Two workers reported missing after the Tohoku quake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima No. 1 power plant were found dead Wednesday in the basement of the No. 4 reactor’s turbine building, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Sunday. Meanwhile, the beleaguered utility’s second effort to ...

Apr 1, 2011

High radiation found outside no-go zone

Despite alarming new radiation data presented by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the government said Thursday it has no plans to widen the evacuation zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The international nuclear watchdog said Wednesday in Geneva it detected about ...

Mar 31, 2011

Kaieda orders nuke safety rethink

Industry minister Banri Kaieda instructed nuclear plant operators Wednesday to compile emergency safety measures to prevent radiation leaks in the event that their power and cooling systems fail, as happened in the Fukushima crisis. Utilities, which operate 45 nuclear reactors nationwide excluding the Fukushima ...

Mar 31, 2011

DPJ withdraws child allowance bill as opposition digs its heels in

The Democratic Party of Japan-led government withdrew a bill Wednesday to provide monthly child allowances for the fiscal year that starts Friday, including increasing payments for children under 3, amid criticism from opposition parties that the money should be used to reconstruct the March ...