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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 approves energy plan reinstating nuclear power despite public concerns

Japan’s Cabinet on Friday approved an energy policy reversing the previous government’s plans to gradually mothball nuclear power plants, a move likely to be unpopular with a wary public following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Friday, 11 April, 2014, 1:26pm

Japanese director breaks industry taboo with crowd-funded nuclear drama

Japanese film director Takafumi Ota had a problem. He needed studio financing for a film that was harshly critical of the nuclear industry in the aftermath of Fukushima. Large sections of Japan’s movie industry wanted nothing to do with it.

3 Jan 2014 - 6:14pm

Nuclear experts blast Fukushima operator Tepco over leaks

Foreign nuclear experts on Friday blasted the operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, with one saying its lack of transparency over radioactive water leaks showed “you don’t know what you’re doing”.

26 Jul 2013 - 7:55pm

Former premier sues Shinzo Abe for libel over Fukushima disaster

Japan's premier at the time of the Fukushima crisis said he was suing the current prime minister for defamation over online comments about the way the emergency was handled. With less than a week to go before upper house elections, Naoto Kan, who is now in opposition, said on his official website he would be taking legal action against Shinzo Abe.

17 Jul 2013 - 4:07am

Survivors of 2011 Japanese quake and tsunami struggle to rebuild their lives

Two years after a quake and tsunami hit Japan's northeast, there is a fresh impetus to find the 2,676 people whose bodies have never been recovered.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:52pm

Japan's fault lines still a worry, two years after quake

Japan is in a cold burn now; cool on the exterior, simmering underneath. It's obvious in a geological sense; Japan sits above an unstable hot zone, but it's also a metaphor for a seemingly stable but deeply volatile and incendiary political system.

11 Mar 2013 - 9:01am

Thousands call for scrapping of nuclear plants in Taiwan

Tens of thousands took part in a rally in Taipei yesterday calling on the government to heed the lesson of the Japanese atomic crisis and scrap the island's nuclear facilities.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Briefs, March 10, 2013

Malaysian police said they had detained 79 suspects linked to Filipino intruders in Borneo as they intensify an operation to flush out members of a Filipino Muslim clan who took over a village last month.

10 Mar 2013 - 7:02am

Talking points

Thousands of protesters will take to the streets in Tokyo and elsewhere tomorrow to protest against government plans to restart reactors taken offline after the Fukushima nuclear tragedy.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am

Work resumes on Shidao Bay nuclear plant which will be China's largest

Work has resumed on a "fourth generation" nuclear power plant, suspended after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, which will be China's biggest nuclear facility.

6 Jan 2013 - 4:46am