Tag - nuclear



People line up to enter the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in the city of Hiroshima on Aug. 14.
Dec 29, 2023
Hiroshima museum eyes online ticketing to ease congestion
The surge in visitors to the museum is apparently attributable chiefly to the effects of the Group of Seven summit held in the city in May.
The No. 6 and No. 7 reactors at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture in April 2021
JAPAN / Society
Dec 27, 2023
NRA lifts ban on operations at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant
When the plant will be reactivated remains uncertain as Tepco, the operator, needs to gain consent from local governments as well.
A Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bomber
WORLD / Politics
Dec 20, 2023
Putin says Russia’s nuclear arsenal is near fully modernized
The proportion of modern weaponry in its nuclear forces this year "has been brought to 95% and in the naval component almost 100%,” he said.
A mobile missile launcher awaits the order to fire a Hwasong-18 intercontinental ballistic missile from an undisclosed location in North Korea in this undated picture released Tuesday.
Dec 19, 2023
Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin sharing real-time data on North Korean missiles
The data-sharing system was activated as Pyongyang confirmed that it tested a solid-fueled intercontinental ballistic missile a day earlier.
A woman walks past a television screen showing a news broadcast with file footage of a North Korean missile test, at the main railway station in Seoul on Monday.
Dec 18, 2023
North Korea launches long-range ballistic missile for fifth time in 2023
Japan said the missile was estimated to have a range of 15,000 kilometers, putting the entire U.S. within striking distance.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during an event in Pyongyang in a photo released Dec. 5.
Dec 16, 2023
U.S. and South Korea to draw up joint nuclear defense guideline
Washington and Seoul have decided to complete a comprehensive guideline by next year on how to contain and respond to Pyongyang's nuclear threat.
Water tanks containing treated radioactive water on the grounds of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in October
Dec 15, 2023
Tepco's Fukushima No. 1 victim compensation costs set to rise
Factors in the increase includes pay outs to fishery operators due to the releases into the ocean of tritium-containing treated wastewater from the plant.
A site at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant where workers were splashed with water containing radioactive materials in October
Dec 15, 2023
Radioactivity detected in Fukushima worker's nose
Radioactive materials may have touched the worker's face on Monday as he took off a full-face mask after finishing his work.
Eiko Takeuchi talks about a traffic jam during last winter’s heavy snow along National Route 8 in Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, on Sept. 18.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Tohoku
Dec 11, 2023
Evacuation plans for nuclear incidents called into question
Effectiveness of preparations as a “last line of defense” to save residents in the event of a nuclear disaster are in doubt.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a meeting in Nagasaki on Saturday
Dec 9, 2023
Kishida vows increased effort to achieve nuke-free world
At a meeting in Nagasaki, the prime minister called nuclear disarmament a "common ideal of humanity."
The Climate Action Network holds an event at the venue of the U.N. climate change conferences in Dubai on Sunday to give its 'fossil' award to countries including Japan.
PODCAST / deep dive
Dec 7, 2023
Feeling anxious? Wastewater, heat and Japan’s year in climate
In a year that saw Japan release 24,000 tons of wastewater (so far) from Fukushima No. 1 as the planet smashed heat records, it’s no wonder climate anxiety is on the rise. Mara Budgen joins us to break down the year in environment news, where we could see hope, and what we should be worried about.
A sign for "Oppenheimer" at a movie theater in Los Angeles. The film will open in Japan next year.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 7, 2023
'Oppenheimer' to screen in Japan next year after nuclear controversy
The film will open in 2024, Tokyo-based distributor Bitters End said in a statement, but it did not give a specific date for the release.
Godzilla is presented with a certificate after being selected for Hollywood's Walk of Fame during a news conference in Tokyo in October 2004.
Dec 6, 2023
New 'Godzilla' flick deftly tackles postwar Japan in cinematic triumph
Godzilla strikes again: New 'Minus One' movie is a visual spectacle that challenges Hollywood's big budget norms.
The Idaho National Laboratory, Materials and Fuels Complex. Researchers there were the first to generate electricity from splitting the atom back in 1951, and countless scientists have since visited the remote site to test reactor designs.
Dec 3, 2023
The future of nuclear energy will be decided in Idaho
It’s been 50 years since the last reactor was switched on there, which speaks to the challenges of harnessing a fission reaction.
Digitally blurred screens at the Pyongyang General Control Center of the Korean National Aerospace Technology Directorate are seen on Nov. 22, a day after the launch of a rocket carrying a military reconnaissance satellite, in Pyongyang.
Dec 3, 2023
North Korea spy satellite operator to report findings to military
Pyongyang said that the newly formed reconnaissance satellite operation office had begun its mission on Saturday.
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry speaks during a session at COP28 on Saturday where over 20 nations called for the tripling of nuclear energy by 2050.
Dec 2, 2023
Over 20 nations, including Japan, call for tripling of nuclear energy
A declaration endorsed by the nations said nuclear energy plays a "key role" in reaching the goal of carbon neutrality.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his daughter observe an air festival during a visit with the 1st Air Force Division Flying Regiment of the Korean People's Army to commemorate Air Day, at an unknown location on Thursday.
Dec 2, 2023
North Korea says interference in its satellites would be declaration of war
Pyongyang would respond to any U.S. interference in space by eliminating the viability of U.S. spy satellites, state-run media said.
The JT-60SA, the world's biggest nuclear fusion reactor constructed to date, before its planned inauguration in the city of Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, on Friday
Dec 1, 2023
Japanese experimental nuclear fusion reactor inaugurated
Fusion technology is still in its infancy but is billed by some as the answer to humanity's future energy needs.
Baimagambet Kabenov, 82, one of the oldest residents in Kaynar, poses for a picture with his wife Rymbibi Zhumagazina in the village in the Abai Region of Kazakhstan. The village neighbors the former Semipalatinsk Test Site, one of the main locations for nuclear testing in the former Soviet Union.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
'Let us be a lesson': Kazakhs warn against return to nuclear tests
The effect of radiation from hundreds of tests has had a devastating impact on the environment and health, and continues to affect lives today.
Seiso Yamada, a former reporter for the Chugoku Shimbun newspaper, talks about what it was like at the time he photographed the mushroom cloud.
JAPAN / History
Nov 28, 2023
Japan to recommend A-bomb photo archive for UNESCO heritage list
The collection of 1,532 photos and two videos were taken between Aug. 6, 1945, when the bomb was dropped, and the end of that year.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores