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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.

Abe vows to be more hands-on at Fukushima

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised the world his government will play a greater role in stopping leaks of highly radioactive water at Fukushima.

Friday, 30 August, 2013, 1:39am

Stop sending ‘confusing messages’ on Fukushima, IAEA tells Japan

The world's nuclear watchdog has urged Japan to explain more clearly what is happening at Fukushima and avoid sending "confusing messages", the country's atomic regulator revealed.

29 Aug 2013 - 3:51am

Radioactive Fukushima water 'leaking into ocean'

Japan’s nuclear regulator says radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima power plant is probably leaking into the Pacific Ocean, a problem long suspected by experts but denied by the plant’s operator.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

On eve of tsunami anniversary, protesters urge Japan to ditch nuclear power

Anti-nuclear rallies took place across Japan on Sunday on the eve of the second anniversary of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster, urging Japan’s new government to abandon nuclear power.

Tens of thousands gathered in Hibiya park in central Tokyo, where activists and unionists packed a concert hall to voice their opposition.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Japan anti-nuclear vote melts away

Eight million people signed an internet petition demanding an end to nuclear power and hundreds of thousands joined public protests. Yet Japan handed an election landslide to the most pro-atomic option on offer.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

TEPCO shares up 33pc after conservative election win

Shares of Fukushima operator Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO)  soared almost 33 per cent Monday, leading an energy firm rally after a conservative election win likely to mean any short-term plans to ditch atomic power will be shelved.

17 Dec 2012 - 2:28pm

Japan ‘misspent’ tsunami rebuilding money: audit

Cash earmarked for tsunami reconstruction work was diverted to unrelated projects, a Japanese government audit showed as residents of the devastated northeast voiced frustration over the slow pace of rebuilding.

7 Mar 2013 - 6:24pm

Japan's fish still radioactive from Fukushima nuclear disaster

As the sun comes up over Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market, it is business as usual. Cranes are lifting the carcasses of rime-covered tuna from the holds of battered fishing boats.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:02am

Cesium levels in fish off Fukushima not dropping

Radioactive cesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven’t declined in the year following Japan’s nuclear disaster, a signal that the sea floor or leakage from the damaged reactors must be continuing to contaminate the waters.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:07pm

Japan PM Noda tours troubled Fukushima nuclear plant

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda toured Japan’s crippled Fukushima power plant on Sunday to demonstrate his resolve to end the nuclear disaster there, amid strong public scepticism about his energy policy.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am