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.
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.Monday, 17 December, 2012, 2:28pm
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
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
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
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
Japan will abandon nuclear power within the next three decades under new government policy on the post-Fukushima energy mix, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's administration will soon declare its intention to permanently shut down reactors by some time in the 2030s, the Mainichi newspaper reported, citing unnamed government sources.13 Sep 2012 - 3:21am
Japan will abandon nuclear power within the next three decades under new government policy on the post-Fukushima energy mix, a newspaper said on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s administration will declare its intention to permanently shut down reactors by some time in the 2030s, the Mainichi Shimbun reported, citing unnamed government sources.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am