Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

Mar 8, 2014

Cash cow born in No. 1 cleanup

There is something surprising in the radioactive wreck that is the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant: opportunity. To clean it up, Japan will have to develop technologies and expertise that any nation with a nuclear reactor will one day need. With dozens of aging ...

Jan 31, 2014

Firms that made No. 1 plant sued

Some 1,400 people file a joint lawsuit against three companies that manufactured the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, saying they should be financially liable for damage caused by its 2011 meltdowns.

End-life planning gets Imperial lift

Dec 23, 2013

End-life planning gets Imperial lift

Ever since Emperor Akihito broke a 400-year custom by opting for cremation and a smaller mausoleum, the public has been more engaged in end of life planning than ever.

Secrecy law stirs fear of limits on freedoms

Nov 30, 2013

Secrecy law stirs fear of limits on freedoms

Japan’s more powerful Lower House of approved a state secrecy bill late Tuesday that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak secrets and journalists who seek them, despite criticism the government is making a heavy-handed effort to hide what it’s doing and suppress press ...

U.S. to help with No. 1 shutdown

Nov 2, 2013

U.S. to help with No. 1 shutdown

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will work with the U.S. Department of Energy in decommissioning the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and the relentless on-site accumulation of radioactive water, President Naomi Hirose said. Hirose said he agreed to accept the offer of help during talks ...

End to crisis is years, fortune away

Apr 11, 2011

End to crisis is years, fortune away

Once Japan’s leaky nuclear complex stops spewing radiation and its reactors cool down, making the site safe and removing the ruined equipment is going to be a messy ordeal that could take decades and cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Radiation has covered the ...

Prisons trying to cope with swelling elderly population

Dec 9, 2010

Prisons trying to cope with swelling elderly population

ONOMICHI, Hiroshima Pref. — Handrails run down the middle of the hallway to help prisoners make their way from one end to the other. Adult diapers are neatly stacked in a corner. When an inmate chokes on his rice and coughs, a supervisor rushes ...

Jul 15, 2010

Progressive agenda stuck in the mud

Happily for Yoko Sakamoto, she didn’t have to argue with her husband — also a Sakamoto — about whose last name they’d use when they married. Not that the 47-year-old civil rights activist would have had much of an option: The law allows only ...