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  • Sep 23, 2014
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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.

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

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.

Friday, 12 September, 2014, 10:28pm

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

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

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

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

Tepco plans to dump toxic Fukushima groundwater in ocean after treatment

The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant unveiled a plan to dump scrubbed water into the ocean, sparking concerns about whether it would be fully decontaminated.

8 Aug 2014 - 3:41am 2 comments

Japanese issued with anti-radiation pills ahead of nuclear restart

Japanese officials are handing out radiation-blocking iodine tablets to people living in the shadow of two nuclear reactors slated to restart this year, reflecting concerns about atomic power after the Fukushima crisis.

28 Jul 2014 - 11:20pm 1 comment

Mount Fuji at greater risk of eruption due to 2011 quake, scientists warn

Scientists from Japan and France have warned that the famous volcano Mount Fuji is "under great pressure" as a result of the March 2011 earthquake, and at higher risk of eruption.

18 Jul 2014 - 1:31am

Japan’s nuclear watchdog gives green light to restart two nuclear reactors

For the first time since bringing in tougher safety rules last year, Japan’s nuclear regulator has said  two atomic reactors  are safe enough to switch back on.

17 Jul 2014 - 4:29am 3 comments

Quake measuring 6.8 causes small tsunami on Japan's northeastern shores

Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant was an aftershock of the quake that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami.

13 Jul 2014 - 9:38am 1 comment

Japanese farmers seek aid for cattle in Fukushima radiation zone

Tokyo police wrestled with a black bull affected by white spots from the area around the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant on Friday as two cattle farmers launched a protest demanding help.

The two have remained at the farms caring for their cows and those abandoned by others despite the risks involved.

20 Jun 2014 - 4:12pm