NRA gives go-ahead to No. 1 ice wall

May 27, 2014

NRA gives go-ahead to No. 1 ice wall

The country’s nuclear watchdog has decided to allow Tokyo Electric Power Co. to start building an underground ice wall at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 plant in June despite previous safety concerns.

May 20, 2014

ALPS water cleaner halted again

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it has again suspended its trouble-plagued system for cleaning radiation-tainted water at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant. Tepco put its Advanced Liquid Processing System (ALPS) on standby mode after it found processed water was cloudy instead of ...

Record high radiation in seawater off Fukushima plant

May 17, 2014

Record high radiation in seawater off Fukushima plant

Radiation has spiked to all-time highs at five monitoring points in waters adjacent to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday. The measurements follow similar highs detected in groundwater at the plant. Officials of Tepco, as ...

Miniature underground ice wall shown off at Fukushima No. 1

May 16, 2014

Miniature underground ice wall shown off at Fukushima No. 1

A miniature version of the experimental underground ice wall slated to be built around the stricken reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant was shown to the media Friday. The government and general contractor Kajima Corp. intend to build a massive frozen wall ...

'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

May 12, 2014

'Gourmet' comic stokes Fukushima ire

by Reiji Yoshida

The popular manga series “Oishinbo” came under fire again Monday after a character based on a real-life former mayor refers to Fukushima Prefecture in its latest issue as unlivable because of the radiation leaking from the ruined power plant there. The Fukushima Prefectural Government ...

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

May 7, 2014

No-go 'zone' a state of mind

by Yuri Kageyama

Whenever Kazuhiro Onuki goes home — to his real home, that is — the 66-year-old former librarian dons protective gear from head to toe and hangs a dosimeter around his neck. Grass grows wild in the backyard. The ceiling leaks. Thieves have ransacked the ...