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 asks WTO to intervene on South Korea's atomic fish ban

Japan says its catch is made under strict safety controls. Photo: AFP

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

Tepco data error fanned radioactive leak fears, says Japanese regulator

Shunichi Tanaka, Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman. Photo: AP

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 extends ban on Japanese seafood over Fukushima leaks

A health official uses a Geiger counter to test for radiation contamination of fish products at a market in Seoul yesterday. Photo: Reuters

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

Japan watchdog chides Tepco over misleading Fukushima reports

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka. Photo: AP

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

Street View shows Japan nuclear evacuation zone

Images show the region as it looked before the disaster, how it looked in the immediate aftermath and how it looks now. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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 in touch with US, others on Fukushima water crisis

Japan's Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Toshimitsu Motegi holds a board showing an overview of countermeasures planned for Tepco's tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Photo: Reuters

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

Japanese government's desperate measures to halt leak at Fukushima nuclear plant

Shinzo Abe addresses a Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters and Nuclear Power Disaster Management Council meeting. Photo: Reuters

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

Fukushima no threat to 2020 Olympic bid, says Tsunekazu Takeda

Tsunekazu Takeda. Photo: EPA

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

Fukushima nuclear plant bosses plan to dump water in ocean

Nuclear regulator Shunichi Tanaka delivers a speech. Photo: AFP

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

Fukushima workers struggle to contain toxic water at nuclear plant

Japanese nuclear inspectors visit the plant. Photo: Bloomberg

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

Abe vows to be more hands-on at Fukushima

Experts visit the crippled Fukushima plant. Photo: EPA

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

Stop sending ‘confusing messages’ on Fukushima, IAEA tells Japan

Experts inspect contaminated water tanks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma in the Fukushima prefecture. Photo: AFP

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

Radioactive Fukushima water 'leaking into ocean'

Water tanks at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, which was ravaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Photo: Reuters

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

On eve of tsunami anniversary, protesters urge Japan to ditch nuclear power

Protesters planned to hand petitions to anti-nuclear lawmakers, urging the government to stop its nuclear programmes. Photo: AFP

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

Japan anti-nuclear vote melts away

About 3,000 people hold an anti-nuclear rally in Tokyo this month. Photo: AFP

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