Sep 26, 2014

Don't curb your reporting, lawyers tell Asahi

As one of Japan’s most respected newspapers incurs a tumult of jeers from critics for admitting erroneous reporting, a group of prominent lawyers is rallying in its support. On Friday they urged the Asahi Shimbun not to discipline its staff but to keep its ...

Library at evacuee school gets cardboard makeover

Sep 24, 2014

Library at evacuee school gets cardboard makeover

The library at a school near the radiation exclusion zone in Fukushima Prefecture has received an unusual makeover that aims to fuel readers’ imaginations. The book room at Yoshima Daiichi Elementary School in Iwaki, a municipality hit hard by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and ...

Abe says reactors won't be rebooted unless safety is '100% restored'

Sep 23, 2014

Abe says reactors won't be rebooted unless safety is '100% restored'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed Monday that Japan will not restart its shuttered nuclear plants “unless safety is restored 100 percent.” Japan is currently “completely dependent on fossil fuels,” Abe said at the World Leaders Forum, on the sidelines of the United Nations General ...

Sep 22, 2014

IAEA set to announce 32-year low in nuclear power production

The cost of keeping uranium out of the hands of terrorists and safe from natural disasters is sidelining nuclear energy, which officials once dreamed would power a utopian future of cheap, almost limitless electricity. The amount of power produced by nuclear reactors has dropped ...

Fukushima cleanup going painfully slow

| Sep 22, 2014

Fukushima cleanup going painfully slow

by Mizuho Aoki

Three and a half years after Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station spewed massive amounts of radioactive materials into the air and water, decontamination work in Fukushima Prefecture has yet to draw to an end. The government initially hoped ...