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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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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