The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011 which claimed nearly 19,000 lives. It is the largest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986 and only the second disaster to measure Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.
Japan has asked the World Trade Organisation to step into a row over Seoul's ban on fish caught in waters near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. Tokyo wants the WTO's food safety panel to discuss South Korean rules restricting the import of marine produce from a large area of northern Japan.Wednesday, 9 October, 2013, 6:00am 1 comment
Japan's nuclear regulator has harshly criticised the operator of the damaged Fukushima power plant, saying it released misleading data about recent leaks of radioactive water that fanned fears excessively.7 Sep 2013 - 4:38am
South Korea expanded its ban on Japanese seafood over fears of contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant. The government said it was responding to public fears as it accused Tokyo of not providing enough information on the crisis.7 Sep 2013 - 10:03am 1 comment
The chief of Japan’s nuclear watchdog chided the operator of the Fukushima plant on Thursday for its inability properly to explain problems, which he said was inflating fears around the world.5 Sep 2013 - 8:23pm
New explorable images from the Japanese coast devastated by an enormous tsunami have been posted online, allowing web users to see how the disaster changed the area.5 Sep 2013 - 2:55pm
Japan is in touch with experts in the United States and elsewhere on ways to control the spread of irradiated water at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, trade and economics minister Toshimitsu Motegi said.4 Sep 2013 - 9:37pm
The Japanese government is to fund a costly, untested subterranean ice wall in a desperate step to stop leaks of radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant after repeated failures by the plant's operator.4 Sep 2013 - 8:24am
Last week Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the plant operator, admitted 300 tonnes of toxic water had leaked from one of the about 1,000 storage tanks on the site before anyone had noticed what was happening.3 Sep 2013 - 5:35am
Nuclear Regulatory Authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka said yesterday that the ocean dump could be necessary as the country's government prepares to present its plan for handling tainted water at the site that is increasing by 400 tonnes a day.3 Sep 2013 - 4:31am 2 comments
Radiation near a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator said yesterday, highlighting the struggle to bring the crisis under control after more than two years.2 Sep 2013 - 3:19pm
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised the world his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of highly radioactive water at Fukushima.
Wrapping up a tour of Africa and the Middle East, Abe said in Qatar on Wednesday that the issue at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant cannot be dealt with by operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) alone.30 Aug 2013 - 1:39am
The world's nuclear watchdog has urged Japan to explain more clearly what is happening at Fukushima and avoid sending "confusing messages", the country's atomic regulator revealed.29 Aug 2013 - 3:51am
Japan’s nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant’s operator.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Anti-nuclear rallies took place across Japan on Sunday on the eve of the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, urging Japan’s new government to abandon nuclear power.
Tens of thousands gathered in Hibiya park in central Tokyo, where activists and unionists packed a concert hall to voice their opposition.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Eight million people signed an internet petition demanding an end to nuclear power and hundreds of thousands joined public protests. Yet Japan handed an election landslide to the most pro-atomic option on offer.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am