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Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 14, 2018
Organizers cancel Bangkok event to promote Fukushima fish after groups voice safety concerns
A Thai event to promote fish from Fukushima Prefecture was canceled after locals and citizens' groups raised safety concerns, despite the fact no radioactive material was found in the fish, officials from the prefecture confirmed Wednesday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Oct 11, 2016
Toxin levels are low, but jury out on long-term risks at Toyosu market
A storm over soil pollution and corner-cutting at the site chosen to host the Toyosu wholesale food market has centered on the presence of toxins in water that could be hazardous to human health.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Sep 30, 2016
Toyosu missing-soil probe draws a blank on who changed plans and why
An inquiry into corner-cutting at a polluted site selected to become Tokyo's main fish market has failed to identify who changed construction plans and why.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 29, 2016
Toxic chemicals found exceeding standards at new Tokyo market site
Benzene and arsenic were detected around an area scheduled to handle fruit and vegetables in the market, which is to replace the Tsukiji fish market.
JAPAN
Sep 23, 2016
Koike to release Toyosu soil probe findings next week
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday she would disclose the results of the Toyosu market soil pollution probe next week.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Sep 18, 2016
Freezing of Tsukiji relocation plan draws cheers, jeers
Hiroyasu Ito, chairman of the Tsukiji Market Association, has been "extremely shocked" twice in the past two weeks by the latest twist in the world-famous fish market's relocation plan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Sep 18, 2016
Tokyo's safety claims for Toyosu fish market cleanup getting harder to sell
On Sept. 10, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike revealed that the people in charge of the soil remediation work for the Toyosu market, the relocation site for the famed Tsukiji fish market in Chuo Ward, ignored the recommendations of outside safety experts.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2016
Tainted Fukushima towns stuck in time as decon crews plug away
Five years after the nuclear disaster triggered by the huge earthquake and tsunami, reconstruction has made little progress in parts of Fukushima Prefecture. A Kyodo News reporter drove National Route 6 northward to the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant to witness the lingering effects of the calamity.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Feb 3, 2016
FBI joins probe into Flint's 'man-made crisis' water contamination
The FBI is joining a criminal investigation into lead contaminated drinking water in Flint, Michigan, exploring whether any laws were broken in a crisis that has captured international attention.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 29, 2015
FOIA documents reveal hot spots, fish kills and toxic dumps on Okinawa military base
Following an 18-month battle, the Pentagon has released records detailing serious contamination on Okinawa base land slated soon for return to civilian use.
JAPAN
Jul 14, 2014
Debris cleanup at Fukushima reactor may have contaminated rice crops
Debris cleanup work by Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the Fukushima No. 1 plant may have led to the contamination of rice crops in nearby areas.
COMMENTARY / World
May 1, 2014
Heavy metal contaminants stalk China's farms
China released a report in April disclosing that much of its arable land is contaminated with heavy metals that are entering the food chain. It doesn't bode well for consumers and suggests that China increasingly will have to import food.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 29, 2014
Farmer's Tepco grudge runs deep
A 70-year-old man who after retiring took up farming in a village in Fukushima Prefecture is in no mood to forgive Tokyo Electric Power Co. for the damage caused by the disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
JAPAN
Nov 12, 2013
Tepco plans new draining ditch to divert any spills into No. 1 harbor
Tokyo Electric Power Co. will build a new drainage channel at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant as part of efforts to prevent radioactive water from directly flowing into the Pacific when there is a storage tank spill, officials said.
JAPAN
Oct 22, 2013
Radioactive cesium again detected off coast of Japan
Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it has detected radioactive cesium about 1 km off the coast of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant for the second time since it started the survey in August.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Oct 21, 2013
Mercury still threat, Abe assurances or not
Earlier this month, delegates from over 130 nations gathered in Kumamoto to launch the Minamata Convention on Mercury. The U.N.-brokered treaty aims to limit mercury use and emissions. It comes at a time when the U.N. Environmental Program warns half of all global anthropogenic mercury emissions come from Asia, with East and Southeast Asia accounting for about 40 percent of the total.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Oct 20, 2013
Experts play down fish radiation fear
Given the flood of radioactive water gushing into the Pacific from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 complex, how safe, or dangerous, are fish caught off northeast Japan?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Oct 10, 2013
IAEA to vet Pacific radiation checks
Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency will arrive in Japan in late November to undertake joint radiation monitoring of the sea around the Fukushima No. 1 plant, the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Thursday.
JAPAN
Sep 19, 2013
NRA launches cesium contamination study of seafloor
The Nuclear Regulation Authority is probing the seafloor off Fukushima to study how radioactive contaminants are spreading from the nuclear disaster.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 3, 2013
Tepco dealt another criminal complaint
Three people file a criminal complaint against Tokyo Electric Power and 32 executives, claiming they neglected to prevent radioactive water at Fukushima No. 1 from flowing into the ocean.

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