Jun 20, 2014

Japanese satellites enter orbit to monitor Fukushima, Chernobyl

A pair of small Japanese satellites for monitoring environmental changes around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and capturing images of areas around the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine were placed in orbit shortly after they were launched Thursday night from a Russian base. The ...

Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine's Chernobyl factor

by Bennett Ramberg

Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country's reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

Feb 26, 2014

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

by Keiji Hirano

A special exhibition at a gallery in a suburb outside of Tokyo is focusing on the suffering of people at the hands of man-made disasters. Marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels is displaying some ...

| Nov 30, 2013

Imagining post-nuclear Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has sent shock waves through the political establishment by calling for the end of nuclear power generation in Japan. “There is nothing more costly than nuclear power,” Koizumi was quoted as saying during an interview with Tokyo Shimbun — ...

Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

Oct 23, 2013

Japanese mayor offers Fukushima kids a home in his town

A generation ago, Dr. Akira Sugenoya performed lifesaving cancer surgery on more than 100 children after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. Today, as mayor of Matsumoto, he is trying to avoid a repeat of his own history. Beginning in April, parents living in the ...

Rosy Fukushima health report faulted by experts

| Apr 9, 2013

Rosy Fukushima health report faulted by experts

Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, The February 2013 report by the World Health Organization on the predicted radiation effects of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster provided some welcome news indeed. For example, Richard Wakeford of the University of Manchester wrote: “The additional risk ...

Mar 10, 2013

Radiation 'may affect reproduction'

Based on her experience of supporting victims of the Chernobyl disaster, a senior NPO member said much more attention should be paid to the reproductive health of those exposed to low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Considerable attention has been paid ...

Feb 15, 2013

Roof of Chernobyl plant caves in

A section of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine collapsed under the weight of snow, officials said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the condition of the facility, which suffered the world’s worst nuclear catastrophe. There were no injuries after Tuesday’s accident or any ...

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

Feb 8, 2013

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

by Kaori Shoji

When she hears the phrase “a sense of home,” filmmaker Michale Boganim always endures a wave of sadness. “Home can mean a whole lot of things, but to me it has connotations of displacement and loss,” she tells The Japan Times. “I come from ...

'Land of Oblivion'

Feb 8, 2013

'Land of Oblivion'

by Kaori Shoji

It’s 1996. Anya (Olga Kurylenko) works as a guide on a tour bus that takes people through Pripyat, a town located just 3 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The tourists, all of varying ages and nationalities, listen somewhat bored to ...

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

Jun 26, 2011

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

by Tomoko Otake

Mail-order food-delivery companies and cooperatives have long been among the leading campaigners for — and custodians of — food safety in Japan. Although they are small in scale compared with major supermarket chains, since they first began to appear in the 1960s and ’70s ...