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.

Jan 21, 2014

Three Miyagi sites eyed for fallout waste disposal

Three state-owned candidate sites for the final disposal of radioactive waste have been selected in Miyagi Prefecture, the Environment Ministry said Monday. The three municipalities involved are the city of Kurihara and the towns of Kami and Taiwa, the ministry said in Sendai. Facilities ...

Dec 15, 2013

State to purchase Fukushima land for waste storage

The Environment Ministry officially announced Saturday that the government aims to buy 19 sq. km of land around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex to build facilities for the long-term storage of radioactive and other waste churned up by decontamination work. The plan ...

Dec 13, 2013

Law mulled to guarantee Fukushima not final waste site

The Environment Ministry is considering a law that would force the government to dispose of radioactive waste from decontamination work in Fukushima outside the prefecture within 30 years, according to government sources. The move is intended to make it easier for Fukushima Prefecture to ...

Oct 28, 2013

Two tasks for the opposition

The Diet must thoroughly scrutinize the Abe administration's rationale for pushing to restart some of Japan's 50 nuclear reactors that have been offline for more than two years.

Oct 27, 2013

LDP to seek tax money for nuke storage

The Liberal Democratic Party plans to propose that public funds be used to build and manage “temporary” storage facilities in Fukushima Prefecture for radioactive rubbish tainted by the nuclear disaster, party sources said. The move is aimed at easing pressure on the finances of ...