Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

| Nov 16, 2014

Minamisoma to get top-flight robotics R&D center

A Tokyo machinery maker will launch a cutting-edge research and development center for robots in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, in April to support the recovery of the disaster-hit prefecture. Kikuchi Seisakusho Co., led by President and CEO Isao Kikuchi, a native of the local village ...

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

| Sep 14, 2014

Fukushima buoyed by rise in medical interns

Fifty-three of the 90 students who graduated from Fukushima Medical University in March are working as interns at hospitals in the prefecture, the most in the past 10 years. The prefecture credits an increase in the medical department’s quota for admissions, as well as ...

| 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 ...

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

| Jun 15, 2014

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

A suicide-prevention hotline in Fukushima Prefecture received a record 18,194 calls in 2013, signaling that scars from the events of March 2011 still weigh heavily on residents’ minds. Counselors at the hotline, Fukushima Inochi no Denwa, say consultations related to the triple disaster still ...

Seeds of change in rice-growing country

| May 18, 2014

Seeds of change in rice-growing country

A group of farmers in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, is exploring ways to market biodiesel fuel made from sunflower seeds, which many consumers are shunning over radiation fears. The Minamisoma Council on Farming Revitalization recently produced its first batch of the fuel, a hopeful first ...

Evacuees still wary of returning

| Apr 20, 2014

Evacuees still wary of returning

An evacuation order for part of the Miyakoji district of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, was lifted April 1, but many residents haven’t returned yet because of lingering concerns about radiation. They are also worried about the lack of jobs, shops and medical services. The area ...

| Jan 19, 2014

Fukushima kids' teeth to be checked for strontium-90

The Fukushima Prefecture Dental Association will spearhead efforts to determine whether children’s teeth contain the radioactive isotope strontium-90 amid worries they were exposed to fallout from the triple core meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in March 2011. The research, part of ...

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

| Dec 15, 2013

Fukushima loses first high school to meltdowns

A private high school in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, will close for good at the end of March because the nuclear disaster has decimated enrollment, school officials said. Shoei High School, founded in 1957, will be the first in the prefecture to close its doors ...