| Mar 29, 2011

Long-life cesium top threat to seafood

by Jun Hongo

The damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant is contaminating seawater with heavy amounts of iodine-131 and other radioactive materials. Here are questions and answers regarding the latest threat from the ongoing radiation leaks. Where is the leak into the ocean coming from? Tokyo ...

| Mar 27, 2011

Radioactive water stymies crews

The effort to steer the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant away from disaster suffered another setback when workers discovered widespread uncontrolled leaking of radioactive water at the six-reactor complex. What’s new about this? Since the March 11 tsunami knocked out power, plant workers ...

Should kids be shielded from coverage of disaster?

| Mar 25, 2011

Should kids be shielded from coverage of disaster?

by Jun Hongo

Aftershocks, reruns of tsunami footage and images of obliterated communities on television have continued to illustrate the scale of the earthquake that struck the Tohoku region on March 11. But some pundits say children, even those who are only following developments on TV, are ...

| Mar 21, 2011

Latest threat: radiation-contaminated food

by Mizuho Aoki

The announcement Saturday that radiation has popped up in milk and spinach made in areas near the Fukushima No. 1 power plant has cast a shadow over food safety. Based on new government standards introduced in the wake of the nuclear crisis, Chief Cabinet ...

Lowdown on nuclear crisis and potential scenarios

| Mar 20, 2011

Lowdown on nuclear crisis and potential scenarios

by Alex Martin

Frantic efforts to cool down the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant’s overheating reactors and spent fuel rods are continuing, as workers rush to prevent highly toxic radiation from being released into the atmosphere. Below are questions and answers regarding the stricken reactors and spent ...

Steps to avoid exposure to fallout

| Mar 19, 2011

Steps to avoid exposure to fallout

by Jun Hongo

Residents near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture were ordered to evacuate Tuesday, raising concerns about radiation exposure. Here are basic questions and answers on what to do when faced with possible radiation contamination: I live within 20 to 30 ...

Match-throwing final nail in sumo coffin?

| Feb 4, 2011

Match-throwing final nail in sumo coffin?

by Alex Martin and Mizuho Aoki

The sumo world has had its share of scandals in recent years but the latest one — text messages indicating match-fixing — is rocking the “dohyo” ring hard. Police investigating illegal gambling by sumo figures on baseball games turned up the e-mails implying match-fixing ...

Ozawa saga moves to trial phase

| Feb 1, 2011

Ozawa saga moves to trial phase

by Jun Hongo and Setsuko Kamiya

Former Democratic Party of Japan President Ichiro Ozawa has been indicted and will stand trial over his role in a political funding scandal. Following is a recap of the case’s salient points and the process that led to his mandatory indictment: What is the ...