Commentary / World Apr 18, 2014

Ukraine's Chernobyl factor

by Bennett Ramberg

Twenty-eight years after its Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded, Ukraine confronts a nuclear specter of a different kind: the possibility that the country's reactors could become military targets in the event of a Russian invasion.

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

National Feb 26, 2014

Keeping voices of Fukushima alive

by Keiji Hirano

A special exhibition at a gallery in a suburb outside of Tokyo is focusing on the suffering of people at the hands of man-made disasters. Marking the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the Maruki Gallery for the Hiroshima Panels is displaying some 30 ...

Commentary | COUNTERPOINT Nov 30, 2013

Imagining post-nuclear Japan

by Jeff Kingston

Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has sent shock waves through the political establishment by calling for the end of nuclear power generation in Japan. "There is nothing more costly than nuclear power," Koizumi was quoted as saying during an interview with Tokyo Shimbun — ...

Rosy Fukushima health report faulted by experts

Voices | HOTLINE TO NAGATACHO Apr 9, 2013

Rosy Fukushima health report faulted by experts

Dear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, The February 2013 report by the World Health Organization on the predicted radiation effects of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear disaster provided some welcome news indeed. For example, Richard Wakeford of the University of Manchester wrote: "The additional risk is quite ...

National Mar 10, 2013

Radiation 'may affect reproduction'

Based on her experience of supporting victims of the Chernobyl disaster, a senior NPO member said much more attention should be paid to the reproductive health of those exposed to low levels of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Considerable attention has been paid to ...

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

Film Feb 8, 2013

How to cope when home is where the radiation is?

by Kaori Shoji

When she hears the phrase "a sense of home," filmmaker Michale Boganim always endures a wave of sadness. "Home can mean a whole lot of things, but to me it has connotations of displacement and loss," she tells The Japan Times. "I come from ...

'Land of Oblivion'

Film / Reviews Feb 8, 2013

'Land of Oblivion'

by Kaori Shoji

It's 1996. Anya (Olga Kurylenko) works as a guide on a tour bus that takes people through Pripyat, a town located just 3 km from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The tourists, all of varying ages and nationalities, listen somewhat bored to ...

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

Food & Drink Jun 26, 2011

Irradiated food poses moral dilemmas

by Tomoko Otake

Mail-order food-delivery companies and cooperatives have long been among the leading campaigners for — and custodians of — food safety in Japan. Although they are small in scale compared with major supermarket chains, since they first began to appear in the 1960s and '70s these ...

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

Life | WEEK 3 Apr 17, 2011

Capturing the eerie beauty of Chernobyl

by Eriko Arita

Pripyat, Ukraine, has been a ghost town for the last 25 years. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant's No. 4 reactor experienced a sudden power surge resulting in several explosions and fires that sent a massive amount of nuclear debris into ...