Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

Jul 21, 2014

Stigmatized workers quitting Tepco in droves

by Yuri Kageyama

Stigma, pay cuts and risk of radiation exposure are among the reasons why 3,000 employees have left Tepco, the utility at the center of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Now there’s an additional factor: better paying jobs in the feel-good solar energy industry. Engineers ...

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Jul 12, 2014

Minor tsunami hit Fukushima coast after strong quake

Minor tsunami hit Tohoku’s coastline early Saturday, including in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, after a strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast. There were no immediate reports of damage, however, and authorities lifted all advisories roughly two hours later. ...

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., ...

May 31, 2014

It might take 32 hours to exit Shimane in nuclear emergency

It could take as long as 32 hours to evacuate all residents within 30 km of the Shimane nuclear power plant if a severe accident occurs, the Shimane and Tottori prefectural governments estimated Friday. The estimate, presented at a meeting of the central government’s ...

NRA gives go-ahead to No. 1 ice wall

May 27, 2014

NRA gives go-ahead to No. 1 ice wall

The country’s nuclear watchdog has decided to allow Tokyo Electric Power Co. to start building an underground ice wall at the wrecked Fukushima No. 1 plant in June despite previous safety concerns.

Record high radiation in seawater off Fukushima plant

May 17, 2014

Record high radiation in seawater off Fukushima plant

Radiation has spiked to all-time highs at five monitoring points in waters adjacent to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Friday. The measurements follow similar highs detected in groundwater at the plant. Officials of Tepco, as ...