Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Jul 21, 2014

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

by Yuri Kageyama

Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry. Engineers ...

| Jul 20, 2014

New radiation measurement method spreads confusion

Confusion is spreading among towns and cities tasked with radiation cleanup in the face of a new decontamination policy to be released by the Environment Ministry as early as this month. The government has been decontaminating areas whose aerial radiation reading is 0.23 microsievert ...

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Jul 12, 2014

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Minor tsunami hit Tohoku’s coastline early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage, however, and authorities lifted all advisories roughly two hours later. ...

Jul 2, 2014

Singapore eases import ban on Fukushima products

Singapore eased at the end of June its import ban on food from Fukushima Prefecture, home to Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s disaster-crippled nuclear power plant, Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry has said. The government of Singapore approved the restart of imports of food ...

Jun 24, 2014

Estimates of 2021 radiation doses predict drop-off in Fukushima

Radiation doses in parts of Fukushima Prefecture now deemed uninhabitable because of contamination will fall by over half by 2021, government estimates released Monday show. Annual doses per person would fall below 20 millisieverts if decontamination work is done, according to the estimates by ...

Jun 16, 2014

Dosimeter readings to guide radiation cleanup

The government will adjust decontamination operations near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant by changing how it selects land to scrub. The goal is to limit individual radiation exposure for residents to 1 millisievert. While decontamination work currently places priority on exposure estimates based ...