Aug 30, 2014

Fukushima governor officially accepts radioactive storage plan

Fukushima’s governor on Saturday officially agreed to let the central government store radioactive debris collected from decontamination operations for three decades in return for ¥301 billion in subsidies. “It’s a difficult decision, but I want to accept the construction plan,” Gov. Yuhei Sato told ...

Fukushima court rules against Tepco in suicide case

Aug 26, 2014

Fukushima court rules against Tepco in suicide case

The Fukushima District Court ruled Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. was responsible for a woman’s suicide following the March 2011 nuclear disaster, ordering the utility to pay ¥49 million in damages in a landmark ruling that could set a precedent for other claims ...

Aug 23, 2014

Fukushima to accept construction of interim soil storage facility

The Fukushima Prefectural Government will accept a central government plan as early as next week to construct an interim facility for storing soil tainted with radioactive fallout from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, informed sources said Friday. On Tuesday ...

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, ...