Seeds of change in rice-growing country

| May 18, 2014

Seeds of change in rice-growing country

A group of farmers in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, is exploring ways to market biodiesel fuel made from sunflower seeds, which many consumers are shunning over radiation fears. The Minamisoma Council on Farming Revitalization recently produced its first batch of the fuel, a hopeful first ...

Minamisoma hospital reopens

Apr 23, 2014

Minamisoma hospital reopens

A municipal hospital reopened in this Fukushima Prefecture city Wednesday, three years after it closed due to the nuclear crisis at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The Odaka hospital in Minamisoma is the first permanent medical institution that has reopened in any of ...

Mar 28, 2013

Elderly 3/11 nuke evacuee deaths spiked

by Mizuho Aoki

The mortality rate of elderly nursing-care facility residents in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, jumped nearly 2.7 times after they evacuated the city in the days after the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster, a study finds.