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Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

Aug 17, 2014

Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

by Mizuho Aoki

When scientist Junko Nakanishi stepped into radiation-contaminated towns and villages in Fukushima Prefecture 10 months after the nuclear power plant meltdowns of 2011, she realized how difficult the job of decontamination would be. Surveying the thinly populated areas surrounded by hills and rice paddies, ...

41 deaths caused by 'dangerous drugs' in Japan since 2012

Aug 5, 2014

41 deaths caused by 'dangerous drugs' in Japan since 2012

At least 41 people are suspected to have died from using “dangerous drugs” since 2012, a National Police Agency official said. The figure, which does not include deaths caused by traffic accidents, covers unnatural deaths at sites where “dangerous drugs,” which is the term ...