Apr 24, 2014

Fukushima completes culling of radioactive herd in hot zone

The Fukushima Prefectural Government has finished culling 1,692 abandoned cows in the 20-km radius hot zone around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, prefectural officials said Wednesday. About 3,500 cows owned by 315 livestock farmers were in the area before the March 2011 Great ...

Late report on radiation irks Tamura

Apr 20, 2014

Late report on radiation irks Tamura

Belated government estimates released Friday of radiation doses that residents would face if they returned to their homes near the meltdown-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant have raised concern that an evacuation order was lifted too early. For one area in the village of ...

Apr 17, 2014

Dose study kept from returnees

The government sat on a radiation report about flawed dosimeter readings around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for six months while telling residents it was safe to return.

Apr 17, 2014

ALPS unit hit by toxic water overflow

Around 1.1 tons of highly radioactive water overflowed from a waste container at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex while the experimental ALPS radiation-filtering system was being cleaned, Tokyo Electric Power Co. has reported. The overflow at the trouble-plagued water treatment system was noticed ...

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Apr 12, 2014

August water leak at No. 1 far more toxic than announced: Tepco

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday that toxic water found to have leaked last August at one of the huge tanks at the accident-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant was far more contaminated than initially announced. After recalculating the radiation level, Tepco said ...

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

Apr 11, 2014

Iitate farmer's cautionary tale translated

by Tomohiro Osaki

Kenichi Hasegawa is a man of conviction. Unlike most of his fellow Fukushima farmers, Hasegawa never believed a word uttered by the “experts” who repeatedly came to visit his village 40 km from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant after the nuclear catastrophe began ...

Medic passing on nuclear lessons

Apr 7, 2014

Medic passing on nuclear lessons

by Nozomi Iwakiri

Physician Hironobu Tokunaga says it is his mission to pass on the lessons learned from his experience dealing with the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns to the younger generation. Tokunaga, 42, was dispatched to Sendai by University of Fukui Hospital as a member of ...

| Apr 5, 2014

Lessons of Fukushima: Reactor restarts are unwise

by Jeff Kingston

Kyle Cleveland, my colleague at Temple University Japan, recently published a report in the online Asia-Pacific Journal, “Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty” that has drawn widespread media attention. Based on numerous interviews with government officials, military officers ...