Self-righting Fukushima dolls on display at U.K. Parliament

Jul 8, 2014

Self-righting Fukushima dolls on display at U.K. Parliament

Sixty-six traditional tumble dolls from Fukushima Prefecture are on display inside Britain’s Houses of Parliament, several of them the work of celebrity designers. The event was organized by a group of Fukushima expatriates living in Britain. They say the “okiagari-koboshi” dolls, which right themselves ...

Jun 22, 2014

Tepco restarts ALPS water treatment system at Fukushima No. 1

Tokyo Electric Power Co. resumed operations of the problem-plagued radioactive water treatment system at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. But the multinuclide removal facility, called the advanced liquid processing system, or ALPS, is still in the test stage as its three treatment ...

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 ...

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

Jun 19, 2014

Fukushima evacuees seek end to limbo

by Mami Maruko

Japan’s economy may be picking up, but the outlook remains bleak for an often forgotten group of people: the roughly 150,000 evacuees from Fukushima Prefecture. Living in temporary accommodations, these individuals and families were either residents in the 30-km mandatory evacuation zone or those ...

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Jun 19, 2014

Ishihara backtracks on kickbacks

Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara on Thursday retracted remarks suggesting that paying off local authorities in cash would ultimately solve the problem of where to store radiation-tainted soil from Fukushima Prefecture, after opposition parties demanded his resignation. Ishihara also said he would visit the region ...

NRA reveals cesium readings for seabed off Fukushima No. 1

Jun 14, 2014

NRA reveals cesium readings for seabed off Fukushima No. 1

The Nuclear Regulation Authority has disclosed the results of its fiscal 2013 research into seabed radioactivity off the leaking, heavily damaged Fukushima No. 1 power station. Ocean soil collected about 6 km away from the crippled power plant, run by Tokyo Electric Power Co., ...