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 ...

Sep 3, 2014

Storing Tepco's radioactive waste

The government needs to understand and address the complex sentiments of local landowners as it proceeds with negotiations for land acquisitions to store radioactive waste in Fukushima.

Aug 30, 2014

Fukushima governor officially accepts radioactive storage plan

Fukushima’s governor on Saturday officially agreed to let the central government store radioactive debris collected from decontamination operations for three decades in return for ¥301 billion in subsidies. “It’s a difficult decision, but I want to accept the construction plan,” Gov. Yuhei Sato told ...

Aug 27, 2014

Fukushima nuclear crisis estimated to cost ¥11 trillion: study

The Fukushima nuclear accident will cost an estimated ¥11.08 trillion, almost double the government projection made at the end of 2011, according to a recent study by Japanese college professors. The figure includes ¥4.91 trillion to compensate affected residents, ¥2.48 trillion for radiation cleanup ...

Officials shift course on tainted soil storage

Jul 29, 2014

Officials shift course on tainted soil storage

In its quest to find a temporary home for soil tainted by radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Abe administration says it will set a policy where temporary storage facilities will be built on land used but not owned by the government.

Mar 9, 2014

Naraha won't get waste storage site

At the request of Fukushima Gov. Yohei Sato, the government has decided to exclude one of three towns from the radioactive waste storage plan being developed in response to Fukushima nuclear crisis, sources close to the matter said. The feuding between Tokyo and the ...

Jan 21, 2014

Japan's nuclear waste problem

The government plans to step up its efforts to select a final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste from nuclear power generation despite having searched for more than a decade, without success, to find a willing host community.