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 ...

Tepco to start diverting Fukushima groundwater to sea in May

Apr 5, 2014

Tepco to start diverting Fukushima groundwater to sea in May

The government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. plan to start diverting the uncontaminated groundwater flowing into the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to the ocean as early as next month, officials said Friday. The plan to pump up groundwater before it mingles with ...

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

Apr 3, 2014

Fukushima-linked cancer surge unlikely: U.N.

by Fredrik Dahl

The Fukushima nuclear disaster is unlikely to lead to a rise in people developing cancer as happened after Chernobyl in 1986, even though the most exposed children may face an increased risk, U.N. scientists said Wednesday. In a major study, the United Nations Scientific ...

Apr 2, 2014

Fishermen give Tepco green light

Fishermen have given Tepco a green light to attempt to reduce the flow of groundwater into the reactor buildings at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant by diverting it directly into the sea.

Living in no-go zone allowed for first time

Apr 1, 2014

Living in no-go zone allowed for first time

The government Tuesday lifted the evacuation advisory for part of the city of Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture, more than three years after the reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The Miyakoji district is the first to have the advisory removed in the ...