Tag - radiation



Materials that appear to be debris at the bottom of the containment vessel of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant's Unit 2 reactor.
JAPAN / Society
Jan 26, 2024
Tepco delays removal of melted nuclear fuel at Fukushima plant
Retrieving the highly radioactive mix of melted nuclear fuel and debris from the crippled plant is considered one of the hardest decommissioning tasks.
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.
The Fukushima No. 1 plant
Oct 27, 2023
Radioactive liquid exposure at Fukushima plant sends 2 to hospital
A hose channeling contaminated solutions came loose, spraying the liquid on five workers.
Seafood from Fukushima Prefecture at Hamanoeki Fish Market and Food Court in the city of Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 31
Sep 25, 2023
No tritium found in fish one month after Fukushima water release
Tritium was not detected in the latest sample of two olive flounders caught Sept. 24, the Fisheries Agency said.
A site in a specified reconstruction area in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture, where demolition and decontamination work is conducted
Sep 20, 2023
Possibly contaminated iron scraps from near Fukushima plant sold
Workers at a subcontractor of Kajima took the scraps without permission, violating the process of dealing with contaminated waste.
An activist in Seoul protests Japan’s plan to release treated wastewater from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 7, 2023
Anger at Fukushima’s wastewater; hope in its renewables
Good news and bad news out of Fukushima.
Personnel from the Self-Defense Forces take part in a nuclear, biological and chemical weapons exercise at New Chitose airport in Hokkaido in July 2012.
COMMENTARY / Japan / Geoeconomic Briefing
Sep 7, 2023
Japan has plenty to offer in the field of detecting threats
With the spread of chemical, nuclear and biological weapons, the time is right to put domestic tech to good use.
Journalists tour the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and the tanks that contain contaminated water on Aug. 27
Sep 6, 2023
We need to put low-dose radiation into perspective
Public fear of the effects of low-dose radiation isn’t backed by science. The Fukushima water release shows, once again, that better education is needed.
Packs of raw fish at a Japanese food store in Beijing prior to China's ban on Japan's seafood products
Sep 6, 2023
China takes its anti-science disinformation campaign to a new level
Japan can counter China's disinformation on the safety of the Fukushima water release, and gain people's trust, by sharing the data.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel talks to local fishermen on Thursday to show his support for the water discharge from the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
Sep 5, 2023
Fukushima water disposal is leadership opportunity for Japan
Some 1,000 storage tanks that hold the water are almost full and more tanks can’t be installed as they would interfere with the plant’s decommissioning.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and his wife, Olena Zelenska, attend a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial wall outside of Orthodox Saint Michael's Golden-Domed Monastery during Ukraine's Independence Day celebrations in Kyiv on Aug. 24.
WORLD / Politics
Sep 2, 2023
U.S. to send controversial depleted-uranium munitions to Ukraine
The Biden administration will for the first time send the controversial armor-piercing munitions to Ukraine, U.S. officials said.
At Beijing’s Jingshen Seafood Market, sales of Japanese maritime products are now banned — just as they are elsewhere in the country.
Sep 1, 2023
China is about to get a lesson in the limits of economic coercion
Most governments in Asia are relying on science to guide their responses to the Fukushima water release.
The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture
Aug 25, 2023
Tritium level near Fukushima plant well below Tepco standards
The plant operator said the level in the Pacific Ocean was below about 10 becquerels per liter in all 10 locations it surveyed.
Locals protest the release of tritium-laced water from the Fukushima No.1 nuclear plant on Thursday in the town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 24, 2023
Fukushima locals worry about the 'what ifs' from water release
Towns and villages around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant were buzzing with the “what ifs” from the plant’s tritium-laced water release on Thursday.
As long as there’s a power plant sitting on its coast and as long as the treated water is being disposed of locally, Fukushima will continue to battle the same problems it has faced for the past 12 years, says Sakurai.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 24, 2023
Fukushima water plan 'complete opposite' of recovery: former mayor
Discharging treated water from the plant only communicates a drive to sustain nuclear power and profit while dismissing the concerns of locals, he said.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) meets with Masanobu Sakamoto (right), head of the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, and other representatives at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo on Monday.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 21, 2023
Japan's release of Fukushima treated water could start Thursday
The government is set to announce Tuesday when the release of tritium-laced water from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant will begin.
Mitsuko Suyama talks about falling victim to “black rain” in front of the community center where she was at the time of the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Aug 21, 2023
Nagasaki ‘black rain’ victims angry over lack of health benefits
Victims of the Nagasaki A-bomb tell of suffering and exclusion from health benefits reserved for those officially recognized as survivors.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) inspects water treatment equipment at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant on Sunday.
Aug 20, 2023
Kishida visits Fukushima plant before contentious water release
The visit comes before Kishida meets with his ministers Tuesday to discuss when to begin releasing the water.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves