U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

Jul 25, 2014

U.S. Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

A U.S. science advisory report says the Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to America’s nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means thinking about earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, solar storms, multiple failures and situations that seem freakishly ...

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

| Jun 15, 2014

Fukushima hotline gets record calls

A suicide-prevention hotline in Fukushima Prefecture received a record 18,194 calls in 2013, signaling that scars from the events of March 2011 still weigh heavily on residents’ minds. Counselors at the hotline, Fukushima Inochi no Denwa, say consultations related to the triple disaster still ...

Apr 9, 2014

Hakodate's valid nuclear concern

The government and power companies should not dismiss the concerns of muncipalities that could be impacted by nuclear accidents but have no say in their operations.

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

Apr 7, 2014

Futaba school ceremonies restarted

For the first time since the nuclear crisis began, the evacuated town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, like elsewhere around the country, held opening ceremonies for schools and kindergartens on Monday — albeit at a new location in the neighboring city of Iwaki. Until Monday, ...

Nov 6, 2013

Hospitals face revamp for nuclear disasters

More hospitals capable of treating a large number of patients, designating more hospitals to handle patients with serious radiation exposure and creating an emergency team of experienced doctors will be key components in reinforcing the nation’s medical preparedness for nuclear disasters. Working on lessons ...

Jul 13, 2013

Iodine tablets no prevention

To require local governments to keep enough potassium iodide pills on hand in the event of another nuclear disaster could give people a false sense of security.