Fukushima Daiichi

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.

Yakuza cash in supplying workers for nuclear clean-up

The crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan. Photo: AP

Japanese criminal groups are pocketing millions of yen in government funds for supplying workers to help clear up areas contaminated with radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to an expert on the Yakuza gangs.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 2:02am

Talking points

The funeral of Margaret Thatcher takes place at St Paul's Cathedral in London

Tributes and protests at Thatcher funeral

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Rat linked to Fukushima nuclear plant outage

The body of a dead rat though to have caused the short-circuit of a switchboard at Tepco's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Photo: AFP

A rat may have been to blame for a power cut that knocked out cooling systems at the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, the operator said on Thursday, in an episode that highlighted the jerry-rigged nature of the fix.

21 Mar 2013 - 2:49pm