Fukushima nuclear disaster

Fukushima nuclear disaster

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.

Now the big question: where will Japan dispose of its nuclear waste after reactor restart?

Now the big question: where will Japan dispose of its nuclear waste after reactor restart?

Following an unpopular return to nuclear power generation, Japan can no longer ignore the elephant in the room: where is the country’s nuclear waste going?

Tuesday, 11 August, 2015, 11:20pm 1 comment

Japan restarts nuclear reactor four years after Fukushima disaster

 Workers in the main control room reactivate the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.'s Sendai nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo

A power plant operator in southern Japan has restarted a reactor, the first to begin operating under new safety requirements following the Fukushima disaster.

11 Aug 2015 - 5:38pm 1 comment

Atomic bomb survivors say 'no' to nuclear power

Atomic bomb survivors say 'no' to nuclear power

Atomic bomb survivors in Japan call for an end to nuclear power as the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat approaches. (Photo: Reuters) 

5 Aug 2015 - 8:36am

Japanese pop group calls for an end to nuclear power

Japanese pop group calls for an end to nuclear power

Japanese pop group SKi calls for an end to nuclear power ahead of Japan's scheduled restart of its plants next month. (Cover photo: Reuters) 

29 Jul 2015 - 5:43pm

Fukushima operator 'knew of need to protect against tsunami but did not act’

Fukushima operator 'knew of need to protect against tsunami but did not act’

The operator of Japan’s ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was aware of the need to improve the facility’s defences against tsunami more than two years before the March 2011 disaster but failed to take action, according to an internal company document.

20 Jun 2015 - 2:40am

Back in business: Japanese court gives green light to nuclear power despite high anxiety after Fukushima crisis

The Kagoshima District Court dismissed a demand by local residents for an injunction to stop the restart of two reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo

A Japanese court has rejected a legal bid to block the reopening of the Sendai nuclear power station on safety grounds, removing one of the last big hurdles to switching reactors back on after the 2011 Fukushima crisis.

23 Apr 2015 - 2:15am

Radiation from Fukushima meltdown begins washing up along North American coastline

Tokyo Electric Power Co's workers and foreign journalists walk past reactor building of Unit Four at tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Photo: EPA

Radiation from Japan's 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has for the first time been detected along a North American shoreline, though at levels too low to pose a significant threat to human or marine life, scientists said.

8 Apr 2015 - 2:19am

Two workers die at Fukushima Daiichi, Daini nuclear plants

A worker wearing protective clothing looks up at welding storage tanks for radioactive water at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Photo: EPA

A worker at Japan’s destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant died on Tuesday after falling inside an empty water storage tank, the latest in a spate of industrial accidents at the site of the March 2011 nuclear disaster.

21 Jan 2015 - 5:42am 1 comment

Plume from Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant tracked across Pacific

Inspectors at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Photo: Kyodo

How long did it take a radioactive plume to travel the waters of the Pacific from Fukushima, Japan, to the shores of North America?

4 Jan 2015 - 7:54am 2 comments

Japan on road to nuclear revival as region votes to restart its reactors

Demonstrators hold signs reading 'Opposed to restarting Sendai Nuclear Plant' during a protest against the restarting of the Sendai Nuclear Power Plant outside the Prime Minister's official residence in Tokyo. Photo: EPA

Regional authorities in Japan yesterday agreed to restart the idle Sendai nuclear plant of Kyushu Electric Power, paving the way for a revival of the stalled industry more than three years after the Fukushima disaster.

8 Nov 2014 - 3:56am 2 comments

Fukushima still a hazard due to melting ice plug, operator admits

Fukushima nuclear plant's Nos. 1 to 4 reactor buildings on March 3, 2013 (left) and September 5, 2014 (right) respectively, showing work is under way to build underground ice walls around the basements of the buildings. Photo: Kyodo

A plug of ice has failed to completely block the flow of groundwater into the basement of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, leading to the continued risk of radioactive contamination.

25 Sep 2014 - 9:07am 2 comments

Japan’s Asahi daily accused of ‘media terrorism’ after retracting Fukushima report

Decontamination work along a national highway in an evacuation area in Iitate village, Fukushima Prefecture. Photo: Kyodo

Conservatives and much of the Japanese media are revelling in the latest embarrassment to befall the left-leaning Asahi newspaper, which was forced to retract one of its "scoops" and sacked an executive editor.

12 Sep 2014 - 10:28pm

Fukushima workers in clean-up of crippled plant sue for danger money

Tepco offials visit the stricken nuclear plant. Photo: Reuters

Workers employed in decommissioning the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant are to sue operator Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and some subcontractors, demanding millions of yen in unpaid danger money, their lawyer said yesterday.

2 Sep 2014 - 10:57pm 1 comment

Japanese court rules against Fukushima operator Tepco in landmark suicide case

Mikio Watanabe holds a portrait of his late wife Hamako, who committed suicide after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Photo: Reuters

A Japanese court has ruled that Fukushima nuclear operator Tokyo Electric was responsible for a woman's suicide after the March 2011 disaster and must pay compensation, in a landmark ruling that could set a precedent for other claims against the utility.

27 Aug 2014 - 11:01am

Subsidies for storing nuclear debris from Fukushima plant offered by Tokyo

Miyagi Governor Yoshihiro Murai (left) hands over a document to Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara in Tokyo on August 7, 2014, to accept government-funded research in the prefecture to find a candidate site for the final disposal of some of the radiation-tainted waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Photo: Kyodo

Running out of space to stockpile soil and water contaminated with radiation from the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in March 2011, the Japanese government is offering billions in subsidies for communities that agree to store the debris.

13 Aug 2014 - 1:06am 2 comments