Feb 20, 2016

Tohoku promotional event in Seoul canceled at last minute

A Japanese government event in Seoul intended primarily to promote the tsunami-hit Tohoku region has been canceled at the last minute, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Saturday. “We continued talks with South Korean authority but could not obtain permission to hold the event,” a ...

Japan's environment minister withdraws radiation remarks

Feb 12, 2016

Japan's environment minister withdraws radiation remarks

Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa on Friday withdrew remarks she reportedly made about the government’s radiation decontamination target following the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Speaking at a news conference, Marukawa said she apologizes from the bottom of her heart to those suffering from the ...

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

Feb 11, 2016

Critics decry radioactive leak at New York nuclear plant

A leak of radioactive material into the groundwater below a nuclear power station in New York City’s suburbs highlights a chronic problem with the nation’s atomic plants, some watchdogs said. New testing has shown that the amount of tritium in the groundwater below the ...

Feb 5, 2016

Government OKs multiple-site storage of radioactive waste

The Environment Ministry has allowed Ibaraki Prefecture to continue storing waste contaminated with radioactive substances from the March 2011 nuclear disaster in multiple locations for the time being. The ministry on Thursday supported ongoing use of the multiple-site storage option at a meeting with ...

Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Jan 28, 2016

Fukushima nuclear crisis far from over, Kan says

Former Prime Minister Naoto Kan said Tuesday the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant is not over five years since a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns. “There is no doubt” radioactive materials have been seeping into the sea after ...

Jan 27, 2016

Fukushima fishermen to expand operations off crippled nuclear plant

Fishermen in Fukushima Prefecture said Wednesday they plan to scale down their self-imposed fishing ban in waters off the damaged nuclear power plant due mainly to a substantial decline in radioactive cesium levels. The Fukushima Prefectural Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations is considering narrowing ...

U.S., New Mexico sign settlements over nuclear radiation leak

Jan 23, 2016

U.S., New Mexico sign settlements over nuclear radiation leak

New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Energy signed $74 million in settlements over dozens of permit violations stemming from a radiation leak that forced the closure of the only underground nuclear waste repository in the U.S. The settlements are the largest ever negotiated ...