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Hideki Takahashi
Japan Times
JAPAN / LIVES ON THE LINE
Oct 9, 2014
Friend's death etched in memory of young Fukushima No. 1 worker
This is the last in a six-part series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages.
Japan Times
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Oct 9, 2014
The unsung hero of the meltdowns
This is the last in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.
Japan Times
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Sep 28, 2014
Four days later: 'Fukushima 50' recount start of nuclear crisis
This is the 13th in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.
Japan Times
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Sep 28, 2014
Tears, hopeful promises of reunion as Tepco workers evacuated Fukushima No. 1
12th in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.
Japan Times
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Sep 28, 2014
As radiation levels soared at Fukushima No. 1, plant chief Yoshida rescinded evacuation order
11th in a series on the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe based on the accounts of people who struggled to contain the crisis in its early stages. Job titles and ages are as of March 2011.
Japan Times
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Sep 23, 2014
Helplessness as reactor 2 lost cooling
Ninth in a series: While reactors 1 and 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex suffered core meltdowns, the cooling system for reactor 2 continued to work for three days despite the loss of power following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011.
Japan Times
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Sep 23, 2014
Tepco plea to evacuate enraged Kan
10th in a series: A senior Tokyo Electric Power Co. official broke down and wept in the prime minister's office when the utility felt it had exhausted all options to prevent an utter catastrophe at the Fukushima No. 1 plant.
Japan Times
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Sep 14, 2014
Yoshida's call on seawater kept reactor cool as Tokyo dithered
Sixth in a series: When the No. 1 reactor building exploded at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex on March 12, 2011, blowing its concrete roof high into the sky, the employees were traumatized. Still, the officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. knew they had to continue injecting water into its reactor, which had lost all cooling ability after the massive earthquake and tsunami the day before robbed the power plant of all electricity and several backup generators.
Japan Times
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Sep 14, 2014
Responders cowed by explosion at reactor 3 building of Fukushima No. 1
Eighth in a series: Workers at the Fukushima No. 1 plant recount their terror when a hydrogen blast ripped apart the building of reactor 3, raining down concrete rubble and cornering them on the site.
Japan Times
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Sep 14, 2014
A melted shoe and a farewell letter in the dark
Seventh in a series: While most had focused their attention on the state of reactors 1 and 2 at the Fukushima No. 1 complex as the 2011 nuclear crisis unfolded, Tokyo Electric's equipment restoration team headed to reactor 3 on March 13.
Japan Times
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Sep 10, 2014
Fukushima No. 2 scrambled to avoid same fate as sister site Fukushima No. 1
Fifth in a series: Fukushima No. 1 wasn't the only nuclear complex facing a critical situation after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake of March 11, 2011, unleashed a monster tsunami on the coast of Tohoku.
Japan Times
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Sep 10, 2014
Hydrogen explosion left Fukushima No. 1 workers sure they would die
Fourth in a series: Ground Self-Defense Force member Yuichi Sato was on a firetruck heading for the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant the day after it had been decimated by the March 11, 2011, tsunami — without being notified what his mission was.
Japan Times
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Sep 2, 2014
Fukushima workers tried to save reactor 1 through venting
Third in a series: Less than 12 hours after the quake-triggered tsunami hit the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear complex on March 11, 2011, Tokyo Electric Power Co. sought government approval for the unprecedented step of releasing radioactive steam from troubled reactors to reduce the dangerous buildup of pressure.
Japan Times
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Sep 2, 2014
Response stymied by loss of electricity
Second in a series: The loss of power supply to secure the reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 plant meant workers had to race against time to contain the crisis in those early hours under dark and dangerous conditions.
Japan Times
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Sep 2, 2014
Workers grappled with darkness at start of Fukushima nuclear crisis
First in a series: Four days after the magnitude-9 earthquake and ensuing tsunami struck northeastern Japan on March 11, 2011, Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant chief Masao Yoshida was at his wit's end.

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