Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

Aug 17, 2014

Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

by Mizuho Aoki

When scientist Junko Nakanishi stepped into radiation-contaminated towns and villages in Fukushima Prefecture 10 months after the nuclear power plant meltdowns of 2011, she realized how difficult the job of decontamination would be. Surveying the thinly populated areas surrounded by hills and rice paddies, ...

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

Jul 31, 2014

Experts question Fukushima thyroid screening

by Mizuho Aoki

More than three years after the triple core meltdown in Fukushima Prefecture devastated the lives of thousands of residents, the effect that the radiation release is having on children’s thyroid glands still weighs heavily on residents’ minds. The iodine-131 released into the air by ...

Jul 30, 2014

Nuclear watchdog may raise radiation exposure limit for emergencies

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it is considering raising the maximum radiation exposure limit for nuclear workers in emergencies, from the current 100 millisieverts. “We cannot completely deny the possibility” that accidents involving radiation exceeding the current limit would occur in the future, ...